Never Back Down

Never Back Down

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Director: Jeff Wadlow

Cast: Jeff Wadlow, Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet


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An outsider teen acclimating to a new school finds a home in a reclusive teenaged fight club in this drama from Cry_Wolf director Jeff Wadlow. Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) has just moved with his family to Orlando, FL. While Jake isn't exactly comfortable being the new kid in town,…  See more details below


An outsider teen acclimating to a new school finds a home in a reclusive teenaged fight club in this drama from Cry_Wolf director Jeff Wadlow. Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) has just moved with his family to Orlando, FL. While Jake isn't exactly comfortable being the new kid in town, his younger brother, Charlie (Wyatt Smith), is an aspiring professional tennis star who might just have what it takes to break big. But Charlie isn't the only talented athlete in the family, because Jake used to be something of a hotshot on the gridiron -- at least back home. Here in Orlando, Jake is considered something of a hothead thanks to his penchant for brawling. In an attempt to better fit in with his new classmates, Jake accepts flirtatious classmate Baja's (Amber Heard) invitation to a raucous party. There, the short-fused newcomer is lured into a fight and badly beaten by local bully Ryan McCarthy (Cam Gigandet). But a beam of hope shines through the humiliation when a classmate who sees potential in the defeated fighter informs Jake of a local MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) program run by Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou). Despite Jake's preconceived notions regarding MMA, he quickly discovers that it's not just another form of street fighting but a rich new art form that he longs to master. As Roqua takes Jake under his tutelage, it soon becomes apparent that in order to become a true MMA champion, Jake will have to learn patience, discipline, willingness, and reason. This isn't just a quest for revenge, but an opportunity for Jake to finally find out what kind of man he truly is.

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Original Release:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Audio commentary

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Faris Jake Tyler
Amber Heard Baja,Baja Miller
Cam Gigandet Ryan McCarthy,Ryan McDonald
Evan Peters Max Cooperman
Leslie Hope Margot Tyler
Djimon Hounsou Jean Roqua
Wyatt Smith Charlie Tyler
Affion Crockett Beatdown DJ
Neil Brown Aaron
Lauren Leech Jenny
Tilky Jones Eric
Steven Crowley Ben
Tom Nowicki Mr. Lloyd
David Zelon Ryan's Dad
Chris Lindsay Beat Down Referee
Kyle Sabihy Jake's Teammate
Patric Knutsson Vocabulary Guy
Cameron Francis ER Doctor
Jeremy Palkowetz Running Back
Anthony Matos Yellow Hummer Crew
Danny Hernandez Yellow Hummer Crew
Justin Williams Yellow Hummer Crew
Jon McIntosh Beat Down Computer Kid
Chele Andre Max's Girl
David J. Perez Miles Dupree
Jocelyn Binder Hot Tub Chick
Deon Stein Hot Tub Chick
Steve Zurk Jake's Dad
Reed Baumgarten Mansion Fighter
Devin Higgins Mansion Fighter
Jennifer Miller Female Mansion Fighter
Delphine French Female Mansion Fighter
Joe Williams Latino Mansion Fighter
Angel Hernandez African-American Fighter
Rachael Thompson Ex-Girlfriend Mansion Fighter
Ryan Frank Rayonec Ex-Boyfriend Mansion Fighter
Ryan Watson Mintz
Joop Katana Camin
Frank Santore Taylor
Joseph Cortez Lopez
Craig Raboteau Nyah
Daniel Lovette Himoff
Tony Fuh Stackwell
Jonathan Eusebio Dak Ho
Peter Allende Villa
Remington Reed Kline
Joshua Mueller Last Year's Opponent
Susie Benchasil Conductor

Technical Credits
Jeff Wadlow Director
Thomas E. Allen Sound Mixer
Chris Assels Sound Editor
Bill Bannerman Co-producer
Craig Baumgarten Producer
Lon Bender Sound/Sound Designer
Onnalee Blank Sound/Sound Designer
David A. Buglione Stunts
Brown Cooper Camera Operator
Craig Wood Editor
Alan D'Antoni Stunts
Victor DuBois Editor
Benjamin A. Eslahpazir Stunts
Lukas Ettlin Cinematographer
Erik Feig Producer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Mikey Gomes Stunts
Lee Grimes Makeup
Chris Hauty Screenwriter
John Hazzard Animator
Dan Hegeman Sound Editor
Randi Hiller Casting
James Roberts Special Effects Supervisor
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacques Jouffret Camera Operator
Mark Mullen Casting
Kimberly Mullen Casting
Deborah Palmer Set Decoration/Design
Ida Random Production Designer
Steven T. Ritzi Stunts
Marcos Romero Animator
Judy Ruskin-Howell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Scibelli Sound Editor
Bob Scott Camera Operator
Jon Title Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Wachsberger Producer
Michael Wandmacher Score Composer
Debra Weinfeld Editor
Andrew White Art Director
John R. Woodward Asst. Director
David Zelon Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Never Back Down
1. Gridiron Tyler [3:49]
2. From Here to Orlando [3:55]
3. I Got This [3:47]
4. People Are Talking [5:08]
5. Fight Night [3:29]
6. The Main Event [6:02]
7. What About the Other Guy? [3:01]
8. 365 Combat Club [3:10]
9. Not for Beginners [4:24]
10. You Set Me Up [2:06]
11. Never Been More Sure [2:54]
12. Everyone Has Their Fight [1:43]
13. What's in the Bag? [3:07]
14. Half-Speed [3:25]
15. Road Rage [3:09]
16. Spectator Sport [2:33]
17. Take Off Your Gloves [3:07]
18. Angry All the Time [5:32]
19. Favorite Son [4:01]
20. Apologies Are Good [3:21]
21. Nice Contact [4:52]
22. He's Baiting You [5:01]
23. This Is My Fight [5:21]
24. The Beat Down [5:11]
25. A Kick to the Ribs [5:59]
26. Battle On the Blacktop [5:58]
27. Improving Significantly [1:40]
28. Credits [6:51]


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Never Back Down 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LadyLavender More than 1 year ago
I'm not even a MMA fan... and I absolutely LOVE this movie!!! I must've watched it at least 10 + times after the first day I got it, I liked it so much. I wasn't even expecting anything special from this movie at all. Especially knowing it was a MMA movie. The back of the DVD and the description on this page summarizes it well. It's pretty much a little bit of "The Karate Kid" mixed with a little bit of "Fight Club." So if you like those movies (or just one or the other), I think you will definitely find some things in this movie entertaining. Before I couldn't STAND MMA. I seriously HATED it with a PASSION because I thought it was just so stupid! Watching a couple of sweaty, bald, fugly dudes rolling around on the ground inside a caged ring like idiots for how long God knows what...? What was so special and appealing about that?!? But this movie opened my eyes and showed me a little bit about the basics, and what this sport was/is all about! Yes, it's pretty violent--but hey, this is a Fight/MMA film. If you're not a Fight movie fan, of course you're not going to like it. If you're not a fan of this genre--move on. Stick to your Disney movies. Fight movies SERIOUSLY need to make a huge comeback. Not just with MMA, but with traditional martial arts as well. Just like The late 80s and early 90s when Fight movies were at their prime. How I miss those movies being taken seriously. Anyway, NON-MMA fans, give this movie a chance, just like I did. I think you'll be glad you did. With plenty of blood, spit, sweat, crazy and deadly "Beat-downs"... As well as....... EYE CANDY ALERT!! EYE CANDY ALERT!! EYE CANDY ALERT!! 'Sean Faris' (the male lead, Jake) looks EXACTLY like a young 'Tom Cruise.' Ryan, who is Jake's vicious and merciless nemesis... well, he is just... OMG... Those wash-board abs!! Those piercing and menacing blue eyes! That golden tan flesh! HAWT! HAWT! HAWT! *fans self* Ladies (and Gents) should not be disappointed in this area of the film, LOL. All of the characters are pretty spunky and have some interesting personalities and backgrounds, too. The MMA Master (or our 'Mr. Miyagi', I guess, if you will), 'Djimon Hounsou', who trains Jake throughout the movie was the PERFECT choice for this role. And how about this... There's an actual plot and a great lesson to be learned here. I certainly wasn't expecting that. Now, I consider "Never back Down" to be one of my all-time favorite Fight Movies in my collection. Oh, and about MMA--it's certainly not for everybody, but this movie pretty much breaks it down for you if you're interested in knowing at least little bit about the sport. I was not disappointed. Especially since I am currently studying -Aikido-. *dodges stones thrown* I know! I know! I know! Yep. TOTALLY. DIFFERENT. PLANET. I get it. But this movie showed me exactly how essential 'ground-work' is when it comes to mastering, re-mastering, and cross-training into various martial art styles. So heeey... I actually get it now! "Ya' gotta mix it up!!" ;)
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this movie is amazing!! it is fantastically good!!! and theres 2 hot really hott guys in this movie too so that helps a little bit and even if there werent hott guys in this movie it would still be extrememly good!! EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE!
WritingBella More than 1 year ago
Cam Gigandet...Cam Gigandet...Cam Gigandet. I loved this movie, great fights, awesome bad guys and good guys, veryyy attractive! Soundtrack was awesome, A++
Kyla_Danica More than 1 year ago
It wasn't fantastic or life changing but it was good. The fight scenes were great and it had an amazing soundtrack. Its one of those movies you could watch a number of times and not get sick of it.
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