The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.
Robert Downey Jr.,
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
Second movie with Terrence Howard to feature a montage to the song "Trouble Man" by Marvin Gaye. The first being Four Brothers. 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 »
We're going to sit down, people. And these two gentlemen are going to go toe to toe, blow to blow. Whatever goes on up here, whatever. Whatever you do to each other, whatever. Whatever you say to each other, whatever. In the words of the late, great, American poet, Mr.Marvin Gaye, "Lets!... Get!... It!... On!"
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One of the best movies about real fighting. Very realistic, with meaningful close-ups and dialogs, great emotions, subtle details, which make this film worth revisiting. For those who never stepped into the ring, "Fighting" may seem superficial but someone who fought will immediately recognize himself in Channing Tatum's character, will recall the fear, the desire to win, the hope for success. Every scene of the film is perfectly played. The supporting characters contribute amazingly to the flow of the movie.The Tatum-Howard team is one of the best fighter-promoter partnerships. Fighting is a nice self-belief story about how a will of steel can raise you from the street to the top of a sky-scraper. Thumbs up!
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