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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Ray
Z (as Peter Tambakis)
Christopher Anthony
Stockbroker Jerry
Trader Jim
Altagracia Guzman ...
Alba Guzmán
Gabrielle Pelucco ...


Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some dreams are worth the fight.


Action | Drama | Sport

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 USA:

$11,024,370, 26 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,036,320, 7 June 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the movie, Channing and Terrance are standing in front of a diner called Empire, and later Terrance stars in the series "Empire". See more »


The scene where Channing comes out of the cafe and the tour bus is making a right turn, the scene angle changes and goes back but the bus is no where in the scene. See more »


Shawn MacArthur: So... What they got rules, or?
Harvey Boarden: Yeah! You lose, you get nothing
Harvey Boarden: Go make som money!
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Goodie Bag
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Sarai Howard and Aaron Jacob
Performed by Miss Eighty 6
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Bad... very bad
20 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Fighting Review by Phil Hobden First there was Never Back Down, then Never Surrender and now Fighting… all three proving that it's pretty easy to take one of the worlds fastest growing and exciting sports and make it dull as dishwater on screen. The uninspiring storyline of a street kid fighting for money has been done more times Paris Hilton and the flat direction does nothing to help it along. The fights are dull and pretty poorly put together and the whole film lacks scope… I've seen no budget Indie actioners with more style than this. Lead Channing Tatum isn't bad (if a little wet) but displays charisma that might see him be more than a pretty boy down the line but conversely Terrence Howardjust doesn't work at all as mentor/promoter Harvey. In short the dull Fighting is one to avoid.

Film 1.5/5 Action 1/5 If you liked this try: Underground; Never Back Down; Karate Kid

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