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


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

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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 »


In the scene where Shawn goes into the diner to get his money back from Harvey, the boom mic is visible at the top of the screen. See more »


Jack Dancing: In the words of the late, great, Marvin Gaye. Let's... Get... It... On!
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Gotta Work
Written by Ameriie (as Amerie Rogers), Isaac Hayes and David Porter
Performed by Ameriie (as Amerie)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Contains sample of "Hold On I'm Coming"
Performed by Mighty Dog Haynes
Courtesy of Brunswick Record Corp.
By arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services, LLC
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Bad... very bad
20 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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