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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
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)
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Did You Know?

After financing fell through shortly before the movie was set to begin shooting filmmaker John Sayles, whom director Karyn Kusama had worked for as an assistant, stepped forward and provided the funding for the entire film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Adrian is driving Diana home, when they film the little dog, the camera on the hood is visible.See more »
Diana Guzman:[looks at sign on the wall that reads] When your not training, Someone else is thraining, To kick your Ass!See more »
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Foxy boxing this ain't!, 17 September 2000
Author: Shiva-11 from Vancouver, BC

Poverty is the great equalizer. Or at least one would think so. Imagine that in addition to financial instability you are a young Latino woman, with no aspirations, opportunities or positive role models, who does poorly in school, and has a powder keg temper. Welcome to Diana Guzman's life.

Whether it's because she refuses to talk about lipstick and boys or because she settles disagreements with her fists, Diana is an outcast. After her fourth fight in as many months, the principal informs Diana that she's run out of chances - one more fight and she's gone. She files the incident under "Whatever", and curses about her detention as she heads to a squalid little athletic club on an errand for her father.

When Diana walks into the gym, she is entranced by the combination of salty sweat, testosterone, and men boxing. In keeping with the atmosphere, she decks one of the boxers after he takes a cheap parting shot at her little brother after a bout. Rather than chastising her, the men edge back, affording her a measure of respect, the first she has ever experienced. And she likes it. Realizing that she has found her niche all she convince a skeptical, chauvinistic trainer to take her on, get money to pay him, and hide her passion from her abusive, dismissive, alcoholic father. Well, at least it's no tougher than anything else she's had to do.

Anyone expecting a female "Rocky" will be disappointed - "Girlfight" is not about endorsements, glory or bone crushing slow motion boxing sequences - boxing here serves as the background for the film, not the main attraction. The film would more appropriately be described as - and I really hate this phrase - a coming of age story. But Diana is a much more complex than the typical lead in this genre - she struggles not only with the issues we normally associate with adolescence - awkwardness, a desire to belong, and racing hormones - but also with discrimination, blinding rage, and expectations that are constantly forced upon her. As Diana's training progresses, she grows both literally and as a person -she learns to control her anger, walk with confidence, discover who she is, smile and risk the vulnerability of romance. The acting is superb.

From the initial appearance of her glowering image on screen, Michelle Rodriguez is superb. Chosen from among several hundred actors at a cattle call, Rodriguez, who had only previously worked as an extra, captures Diana's hostile intensity and indifference perfectly and has a screen presence that most actors would sell a couple of souls for. In addition to honing Diana's persona, Rodriguez underwent four and a half months of gruelling training to develop the necessary boxing skills and physique to match. The final product is one of the strongest performances I've seen since Hillary Swank's Oscar winning role in "Boys Don't Cry". Rodriguez is bolstered by a strong cast: Jaime Tirelli, who plays her Doubting Thomas trainer Hector, and Santiago Douglas, as Adrian, her sensitive partner in love and in the ring.

Rather than opt for the clean Hollywood look, Girlfight feels like a documentary both in the locations and filming. From the dingy little hole in the wall gym plastered with mottoes written on cardboard ("Champions are made, not born") to the crumbling deadly projects where Diana lives, everything has that unpolished grit that is difficult to fake. The director also chose a departure from the accepted standard of choreography in boxing films - instead of the whiplash-in-action slow motion sequences, the sparring is shown from a first person perspective with the glove coming straight at the viewer's face. I flinched more than once.

Take a date, or go alone. Either way you will agree that "Girlfight" works on many levels, and disappoints on none.

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