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Fighting (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  24 April 2009 (USA)
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In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.


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Some dreams are worth the fight.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense fight sequences, a sex scene and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dito Montiel Project  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,024,370 (USA) (24 April 2009)


$23,036,320 (USA) (5 June 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Channing Tatum broke his nose during one of the fight scenes. See more »


When Shawn crosses the street carrying a box full of umbrella's in the rain, he stumbles upon Harvey sitting inside the diner with his body facing towards him. As he approaches him the angle in which he was sitting changes and he is now sitting with his back facing Shawn. See more »


Shawn MacArthur: Where are we going?
Harvey Boarden: You're in a $100,000 dollar Mercedes. Thats where were going.
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absolutely horrible
14 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie with my girlfriend (she loves Channing, I cant stand him). While we watched during the dramatic scenes I couldn't help but laugh. As me and my girlfriend watched the horrible acting and the bad fight scenes I couldn't help but notice the Mic displayed on top of the screen. Any movie where you can actually see the Mic can not be good. And to not even edit it out before releasing in theaters really makes me think the director wasn't even trying to make a good movie. He definitely succeeded in making me never want to see another Channing movie again.

I definitely will never recommend this movie to anyone. The funny part is my girlfriends friends liked the movie... which caused me to question their intelligence. I will never listen to them anymore when it comes to movies. A good 20$ wasted on a horrible movie. So bad it actually made me depressed.

I do not care what anyone says. This movie wasn't worth 25 cents. Through the entire movie me and my girlfriend were like should we leave? but since we had paid we sat there and laughed through it all the sad and dramatic sequences were hilariously bad.

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