April 24th, 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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.3/10 (13,194 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Dito Montiel

Stars: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán

Shawn MacArthur, the kindhearted 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 just that seems a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival.

Writers: Robert Munic, Dito Montiel

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 - Alba Guzmán
Gabrielle Pelucco - Lila
Angelic Zambrana - Kimo's Girl

Taglines: Some dreams are worth the fight.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 24 April 2009

Filming Locations: DeKalb Av/Washington Park, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $11,024,370 (USA) (26 April 2009) (2309 Screens)

Gross: $23,036,320 (USA) (7 June 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Channing Tatum broke his nose during one of the fight scenes.

Continuity: 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.

Jack Dancing: In the words of the late, great, Marvin Gaye. Let's... Get... It... On!

User Review

Pretty Darn Bad

Rating: 3/10

As bad as this movie looked, I went into it with an open mind but as I suspected it was pretty bad. The dialogue was the worst part by far; it consists of some combination of mumbling and incoherent slang. The acting is terrible despite Mr. Howard doing his best to try and act his way out of the script. The narrative is scattered and cliché and has no original plot elements. You would figure a movie called "Fighting" would at least be saved by its fight sequences but its not, there are some half decent moments but most of the time you can't really tell what's going on however the final fight wasn't to bad. There are some genuine attempts at emotion throughout but usually they fall flat. There were way to many moments where I laughed but wasn't supposed to, especially the speech given right before the last fight. Overall it's a terribly acted movie with an even worst script.


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