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The Challenger (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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A Bronx boxer fights his way to a better life.


Kent Moran


Kent Moran
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent Moran ... Jaden
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Duane
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Jada
Justin Hartley ... James
Frank Watson Frank Watson ... Terrence
Stan Carp ... Joe
Rob Morgan ... Frederick
Michael Rivera ... Sanchez
Robert Pike Daniel ... Vincent
Ernie Sabella ... Frankie
Lindsay Hartley ... Stephanie
Steven Hauck ... TV Executive
Raushanah Simmons ... Laurie
Kelvin Hale ... Commentator #1
Jason Horowitz Jason Horowitz ... Commentator #2


Bronx native Jaden Miller, 24, could've had a better life, but fighting within a prestigious school cost his scholarship and an expulsion. Now a high school dropout working from job to job, evicted with nowhere to call home, he decides to train as a boxer under discredited trainer Duane Taylor. The local PBS station picks up on the story and wants to document Jaden's progress as he becomes slated to take on the champion, James Burchard, an undefeated boxer of less-than-appealing character. Jaden's mom, Jada (ailing from a heart condition), sees no good in this, as it was fighting that so far ruined his life, but Duane sees within Jaden an it factor that could make him great. Written by statmanjeff

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Fight for who you are.


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sports violence | See all certifications »


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English | Spanish | Hindi

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Претендент See more »

Filming Locations:

Bronx, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,246, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,003, 20 September 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wishing Well Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Clarke Duncan's last film following his death in 2012 aged 54. See more »


Jada: Let me tell you something, son. There's a reason why I found you. There's a reason why this fight found you. Now, I know I've tried to fight it, but this is your path, so take it. Mm? Take it.
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References Fight of the Century (1971) See more »


Talk To Me
Written by (P. Stew) Paul Stewart
Performed by (P. Stew) Paul Stewart
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Just another boxing movie?
2 November 2018 | by paul-ayres-60784See all my reviews

Ok, let's face it, there is only so much you can do with a championship boxing movie. To be honest the story is very unlikely. However, this one has something special. The 90 minutes flew past very quickly for me which is my proof that I enjoyed it. The acting was superb, the fight scenes were reasonable and the story, although far from reality drew me in and had me routing for the main character. Although Kent Moran doesn't look like he has ever truly fought in a ring he played the title role really well and was very likeable. Michael Clarke Duncan played the supporting role equally well and was very believable as the trainer. It was refreshing to see a boxing movie without any romantic complications blurring the story. Yes, it was the rise of the underdog as most of them are. And yes, there were plenty of touching family moments but no love interests. Another thing I liked was that the opponents were not painted as the bad guys like in so many other movies. Anyway, I watch a lot of boxing movies and this is definitely worth watching. 7/10

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