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Girlfight -- Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.


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Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michelle Rodriguez ... Diana Guzman

Jaime Tirelli ... Hector Soto

Paul Calderon ... Sandro Guzman

Santiago Douglas ... Adrian Sturges

Ray Santiago ... Tiny Guzman
Víctor Sierra ... Ray Cortez

Elisa Bocanegra ... Marisol
Shannon Walker Williams ... Veronica
Louis Guss ... Don

Herb Lovelle ... Cal
Thomas Barbour ... Ira
Graciella Ortiz ... Female Student

J.P. Linton ... Mr. Price
Iris Little Thomas ... Ms. Martinez
Dadi Pinero ... Edward
Belqui Ortiz ... Karina
Chuck Hickey ... Gym Janitor

Anthony Ruiz ... Tino
José Rabelo ... Al
José Espinal ... Ray's Friend

John Sayles ... Science Teacher
Jack R. Marks ... Pawnbroker
Yiyo Guzman ... Ray's Corner Man
Diane Martella ... Gym Coach
Michael Bentt ... Fight Pro
Gus Santorella ... Fight Pro Posse
Courtney Krause ... Fight Pro Posse
Edgardo Claudio ... Referee
Millie Tirelli ... Candice
Allan Gropper ... Referee
Alicia Ashley ... Ricki Stiles
Danny Gant ... Referee
Josephine Pignataro ... Wife
Sanford Redock ... Announcer
Allie Woods Jr. ... Janitor
Ricky Colon ... Boxer
Andre Eason ... Boxer
Jose Espinal ... Boxer
Angel Gonzalez ... Boxer
Gabby Guzman ... Boxer
Andy Hernandez ... Boxer
Carlos Hernandez Jr. ... Boxer
Carlos Henandez Sr. ... Boxer
Daniel Judah ... Boxer
Christian Leyba ... Boxer
Paul Maldonado ... Boxer
Angel Osvaldo ... Boxer
Ralphie Rivera ... Boxer
Donnell Smith ... Boxer
Angel Torres ... Boxer
Angel Vega ... Boxer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

José Alvarez ... Ralph (uncredited)

Gabe Castillo ... Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Gabriel Castillo ... Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Joyce Garland ... Hot Dog Patron (uncredited)
Michael Sash ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
Karyn Kusama 
Writing credits
Karyn Kusama (written by)

Produced by
Sarah Green .... producer
Martha Griffin .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Maggie Renzi .... producer
John Sayles .... executive producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Craig H. Shepherd .... line producer
Original Music by
Gene McDaniels 
Theodore Shapiro 
Cinematography by
Patrick Cady 
Film Editing by
Plummy Tucker 
Casting by
Ellyn Long Marshall 
Maria E. Nelson 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice 
Art Direction by
Miguel Fernandez 
Costume Design by
Marco Cattoretti 
Luca Mosca 
Makeup Department
Dana Elder .... assistant makeup artist
Lorraine Godfrey .... assistant hair stylist
Evelyne Noraz .... makeup supervisor
Kerrie R. Plant .... hair stylist supervisor (as Kerrie Plant)
Alessandra Sanitate .... additional hair stylist
Alessandra Sanitate .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Gwen Bialic .... production manager
Cynthia Markins-Dieden .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carrie Fix .... first assistant director
Rebecca Rivo .... assistant director
Jason Rothenberg .... second second assistant director
Art Department
James Berroya .... art production assistant
Jeffrey A. Brown .... props production assistant
Jeremy Buhler .... carpenter
Lawrence Cromwell .... carpenter
Jesse Epstein .... property master
Maya Erdelyi .... art department intern
Andrew Goesselin .... carpenter
Shelley Herbert .... co-property master
Shelley Herbert .... property master
Bryan Kaczkin .... carpenter
Martha Keavney .... art department intern
Brian Kraft .... carpenter
Jennifer Kuipers .... carpenter
Lori Merhige .... art department intern
Brian O'Connell .... carpenter
Thomas Radvany .... carpenter
Ben Telford .... carpenter
Sound Department
Ajae Clearway .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Fabrizio Donati .... audio restorer (2009)
Robert Fernandez .... re-recording mixer
Jason Kaplan .... adr engineer
Judy Karp .... sound mixer
Andy Kris .... additional sound re-recording engineer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Geoff Lippman .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Geof Lipman)
Mary Ellen Porto .... sound
Mary Ellen Porto .... supervising sound editor
Esther Regelson .... dialog editor
Jaime Reyes .... boom operator
Juan Carlos Zaldívar .... dialog editor
Juan Carlos Zaldívar .... dialogue editor
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay Alaimo .... additional grip
Gerard Berardi .... additional grip
Ariel Boles .... additional grip
Eric Boncher .... rigging gaffer
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Deborah Brozina .... additional second assistant camera (as Debra Brozina)
Renzo Spirit Buffalo .... additional first assistant camera (as Lorenzo Spirit Buffalo)
Caesar S. Carnevale .... additional second assistant camera (as Caesar Carnevale)
Libby Cassinelli .... additional best boy electric (as Elizabeth Casinelli)
Jesse Champ .... additional second assistant camera
Aryn Chapman .... second assistant camera
Matt Craig .... additional grip
Todd Csernecky .... best boy electric
Theresa Dillon .... additional photographer
Patrick J. Donnelly .... camera operator (as Pat Donnelly)
Eric Gearity .... rigging grip
Abbot Genser .... additional photographer
Jim Hair .... additional first assistant camera
Matthew Hale .... best boy grip (as Matt Hale)
Chris Karlof .... additional electrician
Stuart Kaufman .... rigging electrician
Stuart Kaufman .... rigging grip
Stephanie Martin .... additional grip
Ed Mattson .... rigging grip (as Edward Mattson)
John McAleer .... first assistant camera
Brian McKee .... key grip
Andrea Morini .... additional photographer
Alexa D. O'Brien .... additional electric
Kate Phelan .... gaffer
Steve Ramsey .... rigging gaffer (as Steven Ramsey)
Catherine Rios .... camera intern
Adam Silver .... company electrician
Quinn Stone .... grip (as Quinn Pawlan)
Ron Travisano .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Joshua Van Praag .... company grip
Bryan Wachtel .... additional grip
Andrew T. Watts .... additional electrician (as Andrew Watts)
Erin Wile .... electrician
Timothy Wood .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting
Alexia de Boynes .... casting assistant
Nestor Ortiz .... extras casting intern
Driss Tijani .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gabriela Bunader .... wardrobe supervisor
Mariana Vera .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Fred Heid .... color timer: New York
Bob La Rossa .... color timer: Los Angeles (as Robert J. La Rossa)
Mia Lee .... assistant editor
Becky Morrison .... apprentice editor
Kriss Parnell .... editing intern
Ken Rubenfeld .... dailies colorist
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Location Management
Kathy Ciric .... location manager
Bear Schmidt .... location assistant
Music Department
Isaac Albéniz .... composer: theme music
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Lois Dilivio .... music supervisor
Gary Harris .... music supervisor
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Carlos Santana .... composer: song "Olympic Festival"
Carlos Santana .... musician: guitar, "Olympic Festival" (as Santana)
Theodore Shapiro .... music producer
Michael Tudor .... music mixer
Michael Tudor .... music recordist
Other crew
Gwen Bialic .... production coordinator
Yael Bitton .... script supervisor
Melanie Cadham .... office intern
Andrea Cairoli .... set intern
Suzanne Ceresko .... production office manager
Andy Goldman .... title designer: main and end titles
Candy Halikas .... office intern
Marilena Hatoupis .... office intern
Pavlina Hatoupis .... product placement coordinator
Andy Hernandez .... production assistant
Pedro Kos .... office intern
Pedro Kos .... production intern
Greg Larico .... set intern
Melissa Lintinger .... post-production accountant
Scott Mickulas .... set production assistant
Shawn Parrish .... set production assistant
May Redding .... set intern
Phoebe Shackeroff .... assistant coordinator
Susan Silas .... key production accountant
George D. Simms Jr. .... set production assistant
Curtis Smith .... key production assistant
John Tagamolila .... production assistant
Wahn Yoon .... assistant: Martha Griffin
Martin Zinkel .... set production assistant
Robert Smithline .... intern (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Michelle Rodriguez' feature film debut.See more »
Continuity: When Diana asks Hector if he will train her, the number and arrangement of tiles on the table changes repeatedly between shots.See more »
Veronica:I didn't do nothing.
Diana Guzman:Except be your stinky skanky self.
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Movie Connections:
Forever SeventeenSee more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
good showcase for new talent, 3 November 2000
Author: mercury-26 from grand haven, mi

Casting unknown Michelle Rodriguez as Diana was a stroke of genius. She's perfect. Her acting inexperience actually works in her favor. We've never seen her before so it really feels like her story. She also brings across genuine toughness. This works against her though, because we never doubt her. You never have to cheer for her to win because she never goes up against any fighter we don't think she can beat. So as a boxing movie, it fails.

Then again, this isn't really a boxing movie. How do you make a movie about a girl who wants to be a boxer that isn't a boxing movie? You don't. But Karyn Kusama has anyway. Like many indie films, "Girlfight" defies classification or genre and stands on its own as folklore that could darn near happen in real life.

Diana is doing poorly in school. She beats up people she doesn't like (all the other girls in her school for example). She doesn't fit in. Her father is forcing her kid brother Tiny to learn to box so he can defend himself when things get tough. He gives Tiny money for his boxing sessions and gives Diana nothing, as if she has no need to defend herself, nor anything worthwhile to make of her life. Tiny wants to go to art school (cliche', yuck), so he gives up his boxing allowance to Diana, who actually wants to box. Things get complicated when Diana falls for another boxer, Adrian (Santiago Douglas), who's looking to turn pro. From there the story winds down toward the inevitable...the two meet in the amateur title fight.

What left me cold was that I never found any of this all that interesting. It's all just a bit too believable. Kids with tough lives growing up in rough urban areas fall back on sports. A lot of professional boxers have risen from these circumstances. The mental and physical toughness this upbringing requires lends itself to a game like boxing, where anger is your friend. So this time it's a girl. Big deal.

Or there's another position to take: finally, a boxing movie about a girl. Women's boxing has been around a long time. The brutality we usually see in boxing films is replaced here by discussions of people's their lives and their feelings. The whole fighting thing is used as a platform from which to paint a larger picture. Respect. Overcoming adversity. Self-discovery.

I recommend "Girlfight" because it has a good spirit and is an example of some great work by a first time director. The dialogue never rises above soap opera quality, but the story itself actually changed my view on some things. Yes, the world now seems like a better place. A film did that.

Grade: B-

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