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Fighting (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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.


Dito Montiel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Tatum ... Shawn MacArthur
Terrence Howard ... Harvey Boarden
Zulay Henao ... Zulay Velez
Michael Rivera ... Ajax
Flaco Navaja ... Ray Ray
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Z (as Peter Tambakis)
Luis Guzmán ... Martinez
Anthony DeSando ... Christopher Anthony
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Jack Dancing
Brian White ... Evan Hailey
Ivan Martin ... Stockbroker Jerry
Danny Mastrogiorgio ... Trader Jim
Altagracia Guzman Altagracia Guzman ... Alba Guzmán
Gabrielle Pelucco Gabrielle Pelucco ... Lila
Angelic Zambrana ... Kimo's Girl


Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets of New York City. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager Harvey Boarden. Shawn 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.

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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Did You Know?


Five actors who are in this film previously worked with Channing Tatum in "A Guide Line To Recognizing Your Saints" (2006). See more »


In the last fight, Evan takes off his warm up jacket twice. See more »


Shawn MacArthur: So, what, I'm gonna fight this... this guy, and then what? What happens?
Harvey Boarden: Well, we go in, you win, you get $5,000 dollars. You lose, you get nothin'.
Harvey Boarden: So we get paid tonight?
Harvey Boarden: Yes, we will get paid. You keep askin' me the same question.
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References War (2007) See more »


Written by Robin Thicke, Paula Patton (as Max) and James Gass
Performed by Robin Thicke
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Why is everyone hating this film?
28 May 2009 | by logue_seanpSee all my reviews

Why does everyone hate this film? Because Channing Tatum gets his shirt off? Big deal, so did Bruce Lee, Van Damme Gerard Butler, plenty of films or actors get their shirt off. Its easier to fight without one. The Fights? Seemed pretty realistic to me but then obvi most of you have been involved in a street fight...no? The dialogue? Best thing about this film was Montiels dialogue and direction, his shots his style, it's great and the dialogue was natural, it had nothing to do with the plot it was just banter and mumbling and thats what real people talk like. Yeh it was predictable (would you rather a different ending?!). Terence Howard was awesome as well as Channing Tatum. I think some of you people need to try making a film before you diss someone else's. I've made feature films, I know how hard it is.

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dito Montiel Project See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,024,370, 26 April 2009

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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