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The Challenger ()


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A Bronx boxer fights his way to a better life.

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Cast

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Jaden
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Duane
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Jada
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James
Frank Watson ...
Terrence
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Joe
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Frederick
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Sanchez
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Vincent
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Frankie
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Stephanie
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TV Executive
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Laurie
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Commentator #1
Jason Horowitz ...
Commentator #2
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Commentator #3
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Cameraman
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Soundman
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Doctor Vargas
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Hector
Joe Antonacci ...
Ring Announcer
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Aunt Regina
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Maxwell (as Tristan Laurence)
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Rodriguez
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Cashier
Eddie Claudio ...
Referee #1
Charlie Fitch ...
Referee #2
Chad Sokol ...
Sports Reporter
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News Reporter #1
Janet Zappala ...
News Reporter 2
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News Reporter 3
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News Reporter 4
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Auto Customer
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Alvin (as Vladimi Versailles)
Michael Anthony ...
Customer at Frankie's
Mary Parris ...
Nurse
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Dereck Taylor
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Landlord
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Roberto (telenovela)
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Anita (telenovela)
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Consuelo (telenovela)
Christopher Julius ...
Boxer
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Boxer
Samir Musovic ...
Boxer
Matthew Colon ...
Boxer
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Boxer
Abner Guadalope ...
Boxer
Daniel Pradieu ...
Boxer
Roberto Sanabria ...
Boxer
Giovanni Vincenzo DeSica ...
Boxing Fan
Russell Becker ...
Boxing Fan
Valeriya Borisova ...
Boxing Fan
Annie Sevette ...
Boxing Fan (as Anne Sevette)
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Boxing Fan
Samantha Omara Messano ...
Boxing Fan (as Samantha O'Mara-Messano)
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Boxing Fan
Herve Gordon ...
Boxing Fan
Nicholas Alexander Bayless ...
Boxing Fan
William McCarthy ...
Boxing Fan
Lashan Anderson ...
Boxing Fan
Patrice Gibbs ...
Boxing Fan
Denise Lafey ...
Boxing Fan (as Denise Laffy)
Dijon Green ...
Boxing Fan
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Boxing Fan
David Z. Stamp ...
Boxing Fan (as David Z Stamp)
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Boxing Fan (as Peter Holt III)
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Boxing Fan
Micah Williams ...
Boxing Fan
Kim Williams ...
Boxing Fan
Rebecca Breaux ...
Boxing Fan
Craig C. Chen ...
Boxing Fan
Liz Bauer ...
Boxing Fan (as Liz A Bauer)
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Boxing Fan
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Boxing Fan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Niko Bayless ...
Boxing Fan
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Boxing Fan (creditOnly)
Mikaela Holmes ...
Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Michael Jennings ...
Boxing Fan (uncredited)
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Boxing Fan (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Kent Moran

Written by

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Kent Moran ... (writer)

Produced by

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Nick Andrus ... co-producer / line producer
Amy Berrian ... associate post-producer
Frank Carbone ... executive producer
Charles Cook ... executive producer
Robert Derose ... executive producer
Susan Derose ... executive producer
Guy Guido ... associate producer
Adam Hawkey ... producer
Paul-Edouard Laurens ... line producer: second unit
Carlos A. Montoya ... associate producer
Kent Moran ... producer

Music by

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Pinar Toprak

Cinematography by

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Giacomo Belletti

Film Editing by

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Kent Moran
Anthony Muzzatti

Editorial Department

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Bryan Bigler ... post-production assistant
Adam Hawkey ... digital intermediate colorist / digital intermediate editor
Sebastian Podesta ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Tiandra Gayle

Production Design by

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Kay Lee

Art Direction by

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Amy E. Bishop

Costume Design by

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William Eng
Tiffany Jordan

Makeup Department

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Guy Guido ... hair department head
Scott Hersh ... makeup department head / special effects makeup
Love Kashchenko ... makeup: second unit
Dayan Morgan-Sylvaen ... second unit: special effects makeup
Stephanie Vigo ... hair: second unit / makeup: second unit

Production Management

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Dena Greenbaum ... production manager: second unit
Ty Walker ... unit production manager
Nathan Warburton ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John-Michael Damato ... second unit director
Daniel Lugo ... first assistant director: second unit
Carlos A. Montoya ... first assistant director
Owen O'Leary ... second assistant director: second unit
Todd Reynolds ... first assistant director: second unit (as Todd M. Reynolds)
Marcus Taylor ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Bill C. Bishop ... art department production assistant
Mike Caruso ... art department production assistant
Brian Chandler ... set dresser
Nick Dyball ... scenic artist
Izzy Gardner ... second unit property master (as Izzy Quevenard)
Jackie Goncalves ... set dresser
Howard Kang ... art department production assistant
Kelly Kuykendall ... prop assistant
Mike Lau ... set dresser
Laura Mac ... leadman
Martin Murray Jr. ... property master
Rebecca Slick ... second unit set dresser
Knox White ... art production assistant: second unit
Sara K. White ... second unit art director

Sound Department

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Aymen Braek ... sound mixer
Joshua Chase ... sound designer/sound effects editor
Kenneth Gombos ... recordist
William Hsieh ... adr recordist
Peter Kelsey ... re-recording mixer
Cecilia Perna ... foley mixer/adr
David Rawlinson ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Herbert Rawlinson ... dialogue/adr editor
Katie Rowe ... foley walker
Kevin Santiago ... sound mixer: second unit

Visual Effects by

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Kim Anderson ... visual effects producer
Culley Bunker ... visual effects executive producer
Kim Church ... visual effects producer
Carsten Dietz ... visual effects artist
Dennis Fitzsimmons ... visual effects artist
Ian Johnston ... visual effects artist
Collin Kimball ... visual effects artist
Tsuyoshi Kobayashi ... visual effects artist / visual effects supervisor
Stephen Olmos ... visual effects artist
Mandy Hay Man Pui ... visual effects artist
Mike Uguccioni ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Dwayne July ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bill C. Bishop ... second unit: first assistant camera
Robert Bluemke ... d.i.t.
Harold Bryant ... second unit: still photographer
Maria Cabra ... d.i.t.: second unit
Cedric Cheung-Lau ... second unit: gaffer
Blaine Chou ... key grip
Pierrot Colonna ... director of photography: second unit
Deanna Covello ... gaffer
Jeremy Damato ... still photographer
Keith DeCristo ... camera operator (specific segments)
Patrick Dingman ... second assistant camera
Doug Durant ... "b" camera operator
Eric Golowski ... vfx cinematographer
Christopher T. Gould ... best boy grip
Steven Julien ... grip
Erik Kandefer ... first assistant camera: second unit
Jessica Krouner ... second unit: still photographer
Michael Lippi ... second unit: gaffer
Bob Low ... second unit: gaffer
Mat Manning ... first assistant camera
Bert Montanari ... second unit: gaffer
Ryan Montenegro ... swing: second unit
Prisca Ouya ... second unit: second assistant camera
Evan Palmerston ... electrician
Mukta Payne ... grip
Albert Phaneuf ... best boy electric
Andrey Piontkovski ... behind the scenes photography / videographer
Dan Prostak ... key grip: second unit
Megan Richardson ... camera operator
Giulia Selvaggini ... second unit: first assistant camera
Dada Shikako ... electric
Stefan Silvers ... second unit director of photography
Joshua Simpson ... second unit: gaffer
Savy Starlee ... second unit: second assistant camera
Jessica Ta ... first assistant camera: b-cam
Julian Wellbery ... grip
Alan Wolfe ... second unit: "b" camera operator:
Chantal Émond-Bouhris ... d.i.t: second unit

Casting Department

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Shashone Lambert ... background casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jennae Fitzgerald ... wardrobe supervisor
Kara Klyver ... wardrobe assistant: second unit
Michelle McClory ... second unit: set costumer
Courtney L. Newsome ... wardrobe assistant
Renessta Olds ... second unit: wardrobe supervisor
Kailee Parker ... second unit: costume designer
Tara Steinberg ... wardrobe assistant: second unit

Location Management

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Philip Prince ... co-location manager
Mandy Ward ... location manager: second unit

Music Department

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Amy Berrian ... playback singer
Dennis P. Coronel ... composer: additional music
Amparo Edo Biol ... assistant to orchestrator
Jerome Leroy ... orchestrator
Vicente Ortiz Gimeno ... assistant to orchestrator
Mark Robertson ... orchestra contractor
Thanh Tran ... music preparation
Thomas Vicari ... music scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Joan Moran ... talent suv driver
Evan Palmerston ... talent rv driver

Other crew

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Gaby Allen ... production assistant: second unit
Makini Brice ... pre-production assistant
Mikel Butler ... post production assistant
Tom Carey ... production assistant
Anita Casamassima ... production assistant
Jen Cohen ... production assistant
Anne Cutler ... pre-production assistant
John-Michael Damato ... fight choreography
Lisa Davenport ... production assistant
Ron Denson ... stand-in: Duane
George Finn ... production attorney
Haaron Hines ... stand in: Michael Clarke Duncan
Suzie Jozkowski ... key production assistant: second unit
Dwayne July ... trainer
Andrea Kraft ... pre-production assistant
Nicholas Kramer ... pre-production assistant
Ross Lamont ... production assistant
Al Malonga ... production assistant: second unit
Rahmaan Mazone ... production security
Fred Moran ... legal and business advisor
Kent Moran ... fight choreography
James O'Connor ... key set production assistant
Kati Palazzo ... production assistant
Megan Prescott ... pre-production assistant
Heather Quick ... script supervisor
Pepe Reilly ... trainer
Lise Romanoff ... sales agent
Devin Roth ... post production assistant
Bo Smith ... Scoreboard Operator
Kristyna Tchir ... production coordinator
Susanne Trabelssi ... production assistant
Christine Vega ... production assistant
Matthew White ... production assistant

Thanks

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Darian Adrien ... special thanks
Randall Atcheson ... special thanks
Val Balaj ... special thanks
Bob Belber ... special thanks
Archer Biggs-Chriopolos ... special thanks
Amanda Brooke Lerner ... special thanks
Gregory M. Brown ... special thanks
Joseph Cardoso ... special thanks
Isabella Chrisostomo ... special thanks
Diane Ciesla ... special thanks
Anthony Cirillo ... special thanks
Joe DeGuardia Jr. ... special thanks
Donna Del Bueno ... special thanks
Michael Clarke Duncan ... in loving memory of
Krystal Farris ... special thanks
Justin Fortune ... special thanks
Josh Gaal ... special thanks
Joshua Gaal ... special thanks
Liam Gallagher ... special thanks
Max Garfin ... special thanks (as Maximillian Garfin)
Debby Geodeke ... special thanks
Anthony Giunta ... special thanks
Emmett Hughes ... special thanks
Ray Iannicelli ... special thanks
Rhonda Jesen ... special thanks
Charlotte Keir ... special thanks
Kelly Kirklyn ... special thanks
Jessica Krouner ... special thanks
Theodore Laurens ... special thanks
Gregory Lay ... special thanks
Elaine Liebmann ... special thanks
Joe Mackey Jr. ... special thanks
Omarosa Manigault ... special thanks
Nicholas Marchesona ... special thanks
Eugene Lorenzo Martin ... special thanks
Anthony Mazza ... special thanks
Doug McClaine ... special thanks
Charleslebon Mendy ... special thanks
Joan Moran ... special thanks
Sean Mulcahy ... special thanks
Joel Nagle ... special thanks
Robert Ousley ... special thanks
Mary Parris ... special thanks
Anthony Pegues ... special thanks
Liam Quinn ... special thanks
Veronica Restrepo ... special thanks
Myles Rodgers ... special thanks
Robert Rossi ... special thanks
Ben Sakas ... special thanks
Scott L. Schwartz ... special thanks
David Sitler ... special thanks
Steven Strickland ... special thanks
Adrian Woodard ... special thanks
Alek Woodard ... special thanks
Rick Zahn ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Fight for who you are. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Претендент (Russia)
Runtime
  • 95 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $12,246, 13 Sep 2015

Did You Know?

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Trivia Michael Clarke Duncan's last film following his death in 2012 aged 54. See more »
Movie Connections References Fight of the Century (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Star Spangled Banner See more »
Quotes 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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