Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dito Montiel|
|Produced by||Kevin Misher|
|Written by||Dito Montiel
|Music by||Jonathan Elias
|Editing by||Saar Klein
|Distributed by||Rogue Pictures|
|Running time||105 minutes
108 minutes (Unrated)
Fighting is a 2009 sports action drama film directed by Dito Montiel, with a screenplay by Robert Munic and Montiel, and starring Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard and Luis Guzmán. It was released on April 24, 2009 in the United States by Rogue Pictures.
Present day New York City: Sean MacArthur (Channing Tatum) is a street hustler. One day while selling counterfeit goods at the corner of Radio City Music Hall, a group of young men attempt to force Sean to relocate with his merchandise. These boys work for Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard), a ticket scalper who controls the corner. Sean fights them off, but does not retain his money or products.
Later, Sean sees Harvey and the guys who stole his money in a cafe and confronts them. Harvey gives him his money back and offers him a chance at a "winner takes all" fight for money. Harvey sets up a meeting with his friend and rival, Martinez (Luis Guzmán). Sean's first fight is at a Brooklyn church against a Russian. He wins when he knocks the Russian into a water fountain. Harvey takes Sean to a club where he meets a waitress named Zulay (Zulay Henao), a single mother to whom Sean had earlier tried to sell a fake Chinese Harry Potter book. In the VIP area to the club, Sean also meets Evan Hailey (Brian White), a professional fighter who used to be on the same college team as Sean and was coached by Sean's father. Sean and Harvey leave after Evan and Sean nearly get into a fight. Sean's second fight is at the back of a store in the Bronx, against a much larger opponent. The fight descends into chaos after some of Harvey's crew interfere, when the opponent nearly chokes Sean, and the woman who owns the store pulls out a gun when one of the guys spills her drink. Harvey, Sean, and the rest of Harvey's crew flee the scene and neither fighter gets paid. Sean's third fight is at a penthouse; Sean wins the third fight.
Between fights, Sean meets Zulay a few times, and they eventually have sex. Sean and Zulay are visited by Harvey, and Sean is furious, suspecting Zulay and Harvey of having sexual relations. Harvey explains that Zulay places bets for him.
Sean and Harvey are offered a fight against Evan, and Sean accepts, but Harvey wants him to throw the fight so that Martinez and his associates can make money. Sean agrees to throw the fight. Zulay places the bets, a total of $500,000. Sean and Evan fight, with Zulay, Harvey, and the rest of the crew watching. Evan has Sean in a chokehold and it appears that Sean is about to throw the fight; however, he fights back and overpowers Evan. Sean beats Evan, and Martinez threatens Harvey. At Harvey's apartment, Sean reveals Zulay reversed the bets and they have one million dollars. Zulay picks up Sean and Harvey, and they leave New York with Zulay's daughter and grandmother.
- Channing Tatum as Sean MacArthur
- Terrence Howard as Harvey Boarden
- Luis Guzmán as Martinez
- Brian White as Evan Hailey
- Flaco Navaja as Javon Wilkinson / Ray Ray
- Cung Le as Dragon Lee
- Zulay Henao as Zulay Velez
- Roger Guenveur Smith as Jack Dancing
- Anthony DeSando as Christopher Anthony
- Peter Tambakis as Z
- Michael Rivera as Ajax
- Shooting locations
- DeKalb Avenue/Washington Park, Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York City.
- Nassau Street in Manhattan, New York City.
- Ramon Aponte Park, W. 47th Street, New York City.
Box office and critical reaction
The film opened at #3 at the North American box office making $11 million USD in its opening weekend. It scored a mixed "41%" rating according to Rotten Tomatoes. Critics cited Channing Tatum's "likable lead performance, and fight scenes are impressive, but the paper-thin plot ultimately unravels." It has earned itself an average 5.2/10.
Fighting was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 25, 2009 in North America. The film has shifted over 600,000 copies (www.the-numbers.com). The DVD and Blu-ray includes the theatrical version (105 minutes) and the unrated extended cut (108 minutes). Special features include deleted scenes and previews.
- "Fighting (2009)". Box Office Mojo. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
- Official website
- Fighting at the Internet Movie Database
- Fighting at allmovie
- Fighting at Box Office Mojo
- Fighting at Rotten Tomatoes