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Fighting (2009)

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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.

Director:

Dito Montiel
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Some dreams are worth the fight.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense fight sequences, a sex scene and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dito Montiel Project See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jack Dancing: 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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Soundtracks

Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)
Written by Thom Bell and William Hart
Performed by The Delfonics
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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A Total Donkey...Terrible
21 October 2009 | by drhempSee all my reviews

When I purchased this film on DVD I never expected it to have a great storyline, but I thought it might at least have a few good fighting scenes in it.

Fighting only has a few fighting scenes in it, which are rubbish and few and far between. They are certainly not worth sitting through the terrible storyline (if you can call it that) in between each fight. This film is tedious, badly acted and must have one of the worst scripts ever committed to screen.

I have to single out Terrence Howard for a particularly wooden performance; his acting was so bad it almost made the rest of the cast look like they could vaguely act.

This film makes Sylvester Stalone's 2006 film, Rocky Balboa, look like a cinematic masterpiece. One of the worst fighting films I've ever seen, not that one can really describe it as a fighting film, due to the lack of fight action in it.

Utter drivel. Who ever wrote the quote on the front of the DVD case 'A Total Knockout…Brilliant' from the magazine Nuts must have been off his rocker. It should have read 'A Total Donkey…Terrible'.

Definitely one of the worst films of 2009.


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