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Girlfight -- She falls in love with a talanted amateur and, under the careful tutelage of her trainer, she becomes the gym's first female champion.
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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An average but enjoyable character piece that is vastly improved by a moody Rodriguez See more (90 total) »


  (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 .... sound 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?

Michelle Rodriguez trained for two months before the 30-day shoot began. She was also chosen over 300 other women to be cast in the film. It was her first audition.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:Mr. Ex-100% man to your left.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An average but enjoyable character piece that is vastly improved by a moody Rodriguez, 10 December 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Being a regular troublemaker at school, Diana starts to entertain the idea of learning to box properly like her brother is allowed to do. Knowing her father will never let her do it she steals the money from him and starts to train with Hector. Quickly improving in the ring despite the hoots of derision aimed at her from her fellow boxers, Diana finds problems with a lack of female opposition, love in the shape of another up and coming amateur and a conflict on the horizon with her father bound to find out sooner or later.

I'm not sure where I got the idea but for years I had the impression that this was a foreign indie film that had made a big impression and was critically praised. Mostly for these reasons I did really want to see it but never got round to it until it came onto television recently. By this point I had realized that it was an American movie with some indie aspirations but not the grit or adult content I had expected – anyway, this preconception was my fault so I put it out of my mind and settled to watch it. The story is a fairly straightforward tale of a teenage girl trying to cut an unusual path in her life, facing and overcoming obstacles along the way. In this regard it is all pretty standard stuff, although the boxing content made it more interesting for me. It is reasonably well written and brings in some themes of domestic violence, back story and so on, without ever really getting to grips with any of them that well.

However what makes the film much better than it could have been was the realistic, convincing and moody playing of newcomer (at the time) Michelle Rodriguez. At times she pushes it a bit too close to being a typical "whatever" teenager and loses our interest but for the most part we can see real heart in her character and she keeps us onside with just enough of a look inside her to keep caring. The direction is also good – matching Rodriguez down-to-earth performance by not playing up the boxing scenes or any other aspect of Diana's life. Support is good from Tirelli, Calderon, Douglas and Santiago to name a few and they hold the ground well for Rodriguez to stand out.

Overall this is not a great film, it is an enjoyable one but it rarely is more than par for the course in many areas. The script is OK but doesn't expand very well on the things it hints at, while the boxing scenes never get that exciting (although perhaps this is a strength). What makes it better than the sum of its parts though is a strong performance from Rodriguez delivering a down to earth performance that manages to be defensive and vulnerable at the same time, matched by a gritty tone to the direction throughout. Flawed and nothing special but its good points are enough to make it worth seeing.

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