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Never Back Down (2008)

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Action, Drama, Sport |

Never Back Down is a American martial arts film directed by Jeff Wadlow and starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, and Djimon Hounsou. The movie was released on March 14, 2008. The film is about a frustrated and conflicted and arrogant teenager who arrives at a new high school to discover an underground fight club.

Jake Tyler has recently moved from Iowa to Orlando, Florida with his mother, Margret, and younger brother, Charlie, to support Charlie’s shot at a professional tennis career. Jake was a star athlete on the football team at home, but in this new city, he is an outsider with a reputation for being a quick tempered brawler after an internet video of him starting a fight at one of his football games after a frustrated player from the opposing team taunted Jake about his father, who died in a drunk-driving car crash (with Jake in the car), circulates around his new school.

Making an attempt to fit in, at the invitation of a flirtatious classmate Baja Miller, Jake goes to a party where he is unwillingly pulled into a fight with the MMA champion at the school, Ryan McCarthy. Originally, Jake does not wish to fight until Ryan taunts him about his father. Ryan easily defeats Jake, with video of the event circulating at their school and leaving Jake humiliated. A classmate, Max Cooperman, introduces himself to Jake and tells him about MMA. He sees a star in Jake and asks that he meet with MMA master Jean Roqua.

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Writer: Chris Hauty

Stars: Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, Evan Peters, Leslie Hope, Wyatt Smith

►Cast:

Sean FarisJake Tyler
Amber HeardBaja Miller
Cam GigandetRyan McCarthy
Evan PetersMax Cooperman
Leslie HopeMargot Tyler
Djimon HounsouJean Roqua
Wyatt SmithCharlie Tyler
Affion CrockettBeatdown DJ
Neil Brown Jr.Aaron
Lauren LeechJenny
Tilky JonesEric
Steven CrowleyBen
Tom NowickiMr. Lloyd
Chele AndréMax’s Girl
Chris LindsayBeat Down Referee
David ZelonRyan’s Dad
Kyle SabihyJake’s Teammate
Patric KnutssonVocabulary Guy
Cameron FrancisER Doctor
Jeremy PalkoRunning Back
Antony MatosYellow Hummer Crew
Daniel HernandezYellow Hummer Crew
Justin A. WilliamsYellow Hummer Crew
Jon McIntoshBeat Down Computer Kid
David J. PerezMiles Dupree
Jocelyn BinderHot Tub Chick
Deon SteinHot Tub Chick
Steve ZurkJake’s Dad
Reed BaumgartenMansion Fighter
Devin HigginsMansion Fighter
Jennifer L. MillerFemale Mansion Fighter
Delphine FrenchFemale Mansion Fighter
Joe Nin WilliamsLatino Mansion Fighter
Angel HernandezAfrican American Fighter
Rachael ThompsonEx-Girlfriend Mansion Fighter
Ryan Frank RayonecEx-Boyfriend Mansion Fighter
Ryan WatsonMintz
Joop KatanaCamin
Frank Santore IIITaylor
Joseph CortezLopez
Craig RaboteauNyah
Daniel LovetteHimoff
Tony FuhStackwell
Jonathan EusebioDak Ho
Peter AllendeVilla
Remington ReedKline
Josh MuellerLast Year’s Opponent
Chris AdlerCombat Club Fighter
Artie AhrBeatdown Boy
Robie AlanCup Boy
Nadine AvolaBikini Party Girl
Shawn BanksBeefy Door Guy
Steven BlincoeClub Dancer
Colin BowmanLoading Dock Worker
Michael BrzeskiStudent with Backpack
Jasmine BurkeStudent
Chris ByrneFight Spectator
Marc CaraselloFight Spectator
Chase ‘Uzzle’ CarterStudent / Athletic Guy
Chris CavallaroFisherman
Ricky DunlopStudent
Sam FinkleFight Spectator
Rod GrantFight Spectator
Jen HalbertSpectator
Brad HamerlyReferee
David HowDockworker
Cristina HuangClub Patron
Leonard IaconoFootball Spectator
Bjorn Jiskoot Jr.Student
Elissa KapneckParty Guest
Joyce KirkconnellSexy Girl
Matthew KishParty Attendee
Jesse KozelFight Spectator
Paige LehnertBeatdown Spectator
Kei LeongBeatdown Spectator
Nathena LewisFight Spectator
Alyx LibbyHot Tub Chick
Douglas LopezStudent / Fight Spectaor
John Archer LundgrenHospital Patient
Tiffany MarshallSchool Teacher
Kristin MellianPoints Keeper
Scott MenaClub Patron
Eric MentisGuy at Party / Guy at Coffee Shop
Levon MergianCrowd
Freddie Forward MitchellFight Club Spectator
Nancy MolimisFight Spectator
Sean MolnarParty Goer
Tony MoralesMarket Patron
Jennifer Paige MoralezParty Girl
Craig MyersFight Spectator
Tom MyersLoading Dock Worker
Melissa NuñezCafeteria Student
Kristin PopelkaGirl in Crowd
Aaron PushkarFight Club Instigator
Summer RaineFight Spectator
Regina RamirezStudent
Michael M. RummelHornets Head Coach
David W. ScottLoading Dock Worker
Milissa SearsBaja’s Friend
AJ SemidayHigh School Kid / Beer Chugger

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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