Fighting

Overview

A small-town boy hustling his way through the big city forms an uneasy alliance with a scam artist who inducts him into the violent world of bare-knuckle brawling in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints writer/director Dito Montiel's unforgiving urban action film. Arriving in New York City with little more than the shirt on his back, Shawn MacArthur Channing Tatum makes ends meet by selling counterfeit goods on the street. But times are tough and money is short, and just as things are starting to look grim, Shawn ...
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Overview

A small-town boy hustling his way through the big city forms an uneasy alliance with a scam artist who inducts him into the violent world of bare-knuckle brawling in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints writer/director Dito Montiel's unforgiving urban action film. Arriving in New York City with little more than the shirt on his back, Shawn MacArthur Channing Tatum makes ends meet by selling counterfeit goods on the street. But times are tough and money is short, and just as things are starting to look grim, Shawn crosses paths with crafty con artist Harvey Boarden Terrence Howard. Harvey instantly recognizes Shawn's natural talent for street fighting, and offers to help the uneasy newcomer make some quick cash on the bare-knuckle circuit. But making a living by brawling isn't easy because the system is hopelessly corrupt, and the only people who really come out on top are the rich businessmen who place wagers on the disposable fighters. Still, Harvey's instincts were right, and Shawn quickly makes a name for himself by taking down every opponent who crosses his path, including mixed martial arts champs, veteran pugilists, and ultimate fighters. As each bout becomes more intense, Shawn realizes that his only hope for escaping this dark world is to face his fiercest opponent to date.
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Special Features

Deleted Scenes; D-Box Motion Enabled
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
With a name like Fighting, you would think that you'd be in for a rock 'em-sock 'em exercise in big-screen brawling with little on its brain other than four-knuckled fist-to-face action. However, what lies at the heart of this picture is far from the silly affair that the title would make it seem to be. If anything, this straight-from-the-streets tale should be called "Talking" -- or better yet, "Yawning." Packing a dramatic punch rather than a violent one, Fighting is a chameleon flick -- one that's been sold in one way, while at the same time harboring a secret dramatic streak with very few surprises up its sleeve. In fact, there's nothing in Fighting that viewers have not seen before, which would be acceptable if it lived up to its simplistic title -- yet it doesn't. Instead, this low-key production leans on its tepid dramatic muscle, which is too bad, given its better-than-average cast. Channing Tatum stars as Shawn MacArthur, a street merchant who gets discovered by a hustler by the name of Harvey Terrence Howard after he trades fisticuffs with an assailant on the streets of New York City. Noticing his promise as a fighter, Harvey introduces Shawn to the world of underground street fighting, where riches await fighters as long as they win. Along the way, Shawn falls for Zulay Zulay Henao , a waitress just scraping by in the big city, who gives the wayward white boy a reason to keep on raking in the dough. As fate would have it, the young brawler's path soon crosses that of high school wrestling rival Evan Hailey Brian J. White, now a high-rolling, successful fighter with a chip on his shoulder. With everything to lose, the two brutes prepare to settle the score the only way that they know how -- in a final confrontation where the stakes are high and only one can be crowned the victor. It's not as if Fighting is terrible. The acting is well done, as is the unique look at the underbelly of the Big Apple. In fact, for a second, it seems as if director Dito Montiel is looking to take the viewer into the fascinating criminal machinations of the streets rather than settle for formulaic dramatics. When each fight begins to echo the different boroughs of the city, things really start getting interesting -- but as soon as the picture gets cooking, it loses its steam and turns the spotlight on the rather bland lead character. Once audiences learn of Shawn's inner demon, the picture loses its steam. Suddenly, the plot is creating conflict from forced character connections rather than the fights themselves. By the time the third act neatly ties everything together, the audience's interest is already long lost. It's possible that Fighting will be slighted because of what it isn't rather than what it is, which would be an unfair critique if not for the final product feeling more like a pulled punch rather than a TKO.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • UPC: 025195050746
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Uncensored / Subtitled / Edited / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 50,213

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Channing Tatum Shawn MacArthur
Terrence Howard Harvey Boarden
Brian J. White , Evan Hailey
Luis Guzman , Martinez
Zulay Henao , Zulay, Zulay Velez
Michael Rivera Ajax
Flaco Navaja Ray Ray
Peter Tambakis Z
Anthony de Sando Christopher Anthony
Roger Guenveur Smith Jack Dancing
Ivan Martin Stockbroker Jerry
Daniel Mastrogiorgio Trader Jim
Altagracia Guzman Alba Guzmán
Gabrielle Pelucco Lila
Dante Nero Kimo
Angelic Zambrana Kimo's Girl
Jim Coope Roommate Sal
Melody Herman Fine Claudette
Doug Yasuda Jun Seoul
Cung Le Dragon Le
Technical Credits
Dito Montiel Director, Screenwriter
J.C. Brotherhood Special Effects
Lisa Bruce Executive Producer
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Jonathan Elias Score Composer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Saar Klein Editor
Kurt & Bart Costumes/Costume Designer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Kevin Misher Producer
Robert Munic Screenwriter
Jake Pushinsky Editor
Randall Richards Art Director
Andrew Rona Executive Producer
Kim Surowicz Associate Producer
Jojo Villanueva Musical Direction/Supervision
David Wittman Score Composer
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