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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.

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 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 »

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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Channing Tatum broke his nose during one of the fight scenes. See more »

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

Quotes

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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Connections

References War (2007) See more »

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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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It hurt my head...
3 September 2009 | by tcrich-1See 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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