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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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Z (as Peter Tambakis)
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Jack Dancing
Stockbroker Jerry
Trader Jim
Altagracia Guzman ...
Alba Guzmán
Gabrielle Pelucco ...
Kimo's Girl


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The bundles of cash used in the movie are badly made props. They were printed with black ink on thick white papers. 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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Written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend
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It hurt my head...
3 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've never in my life felt like my head was going to explode while watching a movie. Throughout the whole film I tried making sense of it all, and finally just came to my senses, it's down right horrible.

Every emotion was misplaced. The dialogue didn't mesh. There was no build up aside from the minor tension between Channing Tatum and Brian J. White.

The movie "cleverly titled" FIGHTING, had not a single worthwhile fight scene in it worth watching. In fact the whole time, I couldn't understand why he was getting praised as a good fighter. It's not even till the very end that you even see a fight where you feel he's got some fighting talent.

I could go into how horrible each actor was, but ultimately decided it wasn't their fault. I'm 100% convinced that the director had no idea how to coach his actors, nor how to write a good script. In fact I'm almost convinced he encouraged them to do horribly.

I felt Brian White did well. And the only other acting that I really could tolerate was the crazy old grandmother. Everything else just seemed like interacting characters were reading from separate scripts.

I used a free promo code to save $1 at RedBox to watch this movie, and I'm still disappointed I didn't get my money's worth.

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