The Challenger

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Kent Moran
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
95 min



they're ready for you.

Sneaker, you're late.

I had to run.

Run faster.

Get a move on, Sanchez.

That car's got to

be ready by 3:

All right, boss.

-What's up, man?

-What's up, brother?

Damn it.

You couldn't

tell me this last week?

I looked at

the brakes last week.

-They looked good then, I...

- Oh, "good then"?

I'm not playing with you, boy.

Go get Joey for me.

You want me to get him?

Yeah, go get Joey now,

all right?

I looked at the brakes,

and I'm telling you...

Oh, you didn't look

at the brakes, all right?

They did, they looked good.

No, you didn't look

at the brakes...

Last week your mom needed

the car and the bus was late.

-Bus wasn't running today.

-Look, sneaker.

-It's Jaden.

-That's twice already.

You been here a month.

One more thing, you're gone.

Now you get

the hell out of here!

Ramirez was finally released

from the icu yesterday

and said you were

his most frequent visitor.

Not his fault

that his manager

made a bad decision.


was the second opponent

you've hospitalized,

and still you've never even

been knocked down.

Is it true?

Are you just undefeatable?

I guess

no one's found my weakness.

We'll see

what happens next week.

Good luck.

Thank you.

Sneaks. You gonna punch out?

Yeah, I'm sorry.

Yo, j. You need a ride?

Yeah. Cool.

You know, you're the only one

that calls me by my name.

Hell, I'm the only one

that knows your name.

Still live at your mom's, huh?

Can't afford

the rent on her own, you know.

Oh, man. I understand.

Tough times.


Well, uh,

thanks for the ride, man.

And, j...

Be on time tomorrow.


Oh, Jesus.

What the hell

are you doing, kid?

Get out of there.


At least I'm not late, right?

He's not late.

Stay as long

as you need.

Joe's gonna kill me

if I don't get that oil

out of my suit.

There's a laundromat

on prospect, man.

They get anything out.

The address is on the fridge.

Hey, I dropped a suit off

in here before.

You know where the guy is?

Uh, Duane. Um, in...

In the market.

Should I wait in here?

He's been there a while...

The one on the corner?

The red and yellow sign.

He's probably sitting

to the... in the door

to the left of the...

-All right, thanks.

-S, bueno.

Hey, do you know

where the laundry guy is?

You know that guy?

Banging there?

You're hearing banging?

That guy,

crazy guy back there?

Every day the same thing.


-He's crazy, man.

Uh, Duane?

I just came by

to pick up my...

Hold on.

Yo! The machine's broke again.

And this time it's mine.

Let me see. Let me see.

Quarters are mine,

gum is yours.

Let's go.

What? I just do that

when it gets slow.

I do lottery tickets.

That's dumb.



What is it?

It's a pack of gum

wrapped in a 20.

I got a spot

20 blocks from here,

I just heard

they got 50s and 100s.

This all from today?

Twelve bucks.

What's up, Duane?

There's a boxing gym

across the street, huh?

Can you just

walk in there or...

Five bucks a day.

20 bucks a month.

Cool. Thanks.

Oh, man, you're crazy, dog.


Hey yo, j.


-We're all gonna go down

and check out

my boy's fight tonight.

You down?

What kind of fight?

Boxing, bro.

Come on, you know I'm a boxer.

I mean, I knew you boxed.

I didn't know

you were a boxer.


homeboy said you box,

but you ain't no boxer.

- Man, shut up!



Is that not what he said?

That's not what I meant.

So, is that how you make

that extra cash?

I mean, it's not much.

But it helps.

What do you guys think?

This guy any better than you?

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Kent Moran

Kent Moran (born June 12, 1982) is an American film actor and writer/director best known for his role in the film Listen to Your Heart and The Challenger. more…

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