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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:
... Shawn MacArthur
... Harvey Boarden
... Zulay Velez
... Ajax
... Ray Ray
... Z (as Peter Tambakis)
... Martinez
... Christopher Anthony
... Jack Dancing
... Evan Hailey
... Stockbroker Jerry
... Trader Jim
Altagracia Guzman ... Alba Guzmán
Gabrielle Pelucco ... Lila
... 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.

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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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24 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dito Montiel Project  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The character Zulay Velez grandmother pronounces her name slightly differently than the rest of the cast at the suggestion of writer Kevin Misher. Misher thought it would indicate a closer relationship between Zulay and her grandmother as family/friends often have pet names for each other. See more »

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After Shawn's first fight when he arrives at the night club he is seen stepping out of the car clearly sporting 2 bruises on his face. After the scene shifts to the interior, his bruises have all disappeared. See more »

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Jack Dancing: In the words of the late, great, Marvin Gaye. Let's... Get... It... On!
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Hustlin'
Written by Rick Ross (as William Roberts), Jermaine Jackson and Andrew Harr
Performed by Rick Ross
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cool Fighting Movie! Understated and Excellent Cast
5 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Not sure what disposition everyone else was in when watching this movie but it must have been a dark one.

Yes, its a formulaic fighting movie and I can understand that it might rub you up the wrong way but I really liked the minimal insecure way in which the down on their luck main characters Shawn (Channing Tatum) Harvey (Terrence Howard) held themselves acting wise and I thought they established an excellent rapport by the end. The casting overall felt just right.

Neither of them were likable in the beginning and it was this roughness that gave the film more realism. I don't think you can really compare this to Never Back Down which was, like many beat em up movies, more of a glossy cartoon with human actors. 'Fighting' has more of a grime to it, made immersing by excellent cinematography of NYC and cool locations.

I liked the fact that the fight scenes were not an all singing and all dancing over stylised Tonay Jaa affair. Because of this I felt totally absorbed by the 'in the crowd' camera shots; catching different angles. You really felt the fighting was more realistic, as if you've ever been in a fight you'll know that technique can only take you so far- Its really down to mind, heart and of course luck.

Nothing was overstated in this film and I think that might be the reason it has received such bad rating. I don't care that it felt budget and its nice to have an understated fighting movie for once without too many bells and whistles.


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