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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.



4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jaden
... Duane
... Jada
... James
Frank Watson ... Terrence
... Joe
... Frederick
... Sanchez
... Vincent
... Frankie
... Stephanie
... TV Executive
... Laurie
... Commentator #1
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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Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,246, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,003, 20 September 2015
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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 »


Jaden: Thanks for giving me a chance.
Duane: Thank you for giving me a second chance.
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References Fight of the Century (1971) See more »


Written by Jose Manuel Guitian & Domingo Ramos
Performed by Don Dinero
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It's Sylvester Stallone vs. Frank Stallone
29 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

I noticed Justin Hartley's name in the credits, so the first 5 minutes of the film I thought I was seeing Hartley on the screen. Then when there was more light in the next scene, I thought this actor "can't be" Justin Hartley, and I wondered why does he look so similar?! The film's protagonist is actually Kent Moran, who's several years younger than Hartley and has a similar hair color, hairline, hair style, eye color, face shape, chin cleft, and body type as Justin Hartley. It was like watching Sylvester Stallone fight Frank Stallone in a Rocky movie. Other than the film's main characters looking so similar, the movie was decent. It depicts a black woman who adopted a white son, and that's something you don't see every day.

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