Rogue Pictures Released 2009




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Dito Montiel

Fighting is an action drama film that focuses on one man's journey as he tries to make a better life for himself. Shawn MacArthur is a street hustler living in New York. One day, Shawn is attempting to sell counterfeit goods on a street corner when a group of men approach him and ask him to find somewhere else to hustle. Shawn refuses and the men take his money and goods. Later that day, he sees the men in a cafe along with Harvey, a ticket scalper. Harvey gives Shawn his money and asks him if he would be interested in making a substantial amount of money by fighting in street fights. Shawn agrees and after winning his first fight, he agrees to more fights, realizing he can make a fortune. All is well until he is asked to fight against a professional, Evan Hailey. Can Shawn win the most important fight of his young career? Watch Fighting to find out.



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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Not everything that happens in Fighting entirely makes sense -- it's a fable, after all, and a fable doesn't necessarily have to -- but it breathes with a rough, exuberant realism ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    It's not "Raging Bull" or "Fight Club," but Fighting is populated by believable losers and lovingly adorned with just the right faces and peeling wallpaper to absorb you in Montiel...

  • 50


    For all the utter phoniness of Fighting -- the cockeyed, faux-verite shooting, the lurches in storytelling, the lack of character development, a contrived crisis between Shawn and ...

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    • Domestic Gross - $23,091,010 (104th)
      Worldwide Gross - $32,474,120 (116th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $24,784,351
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $34,855,555

    • Other production companies:
      Misher Films
      5150 Action
      Relativity Media
      Scion Films
      Twins Financing

    • Filming locations:
      DeKalb Av/Washington Park, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Ramon Aponte Park, New York City, New York

    • Tagline:
      Some dreams are worth the fight.

    • Music:
      Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
      Written by Michael Price and Daniel Walsh
      Performed by Bobby Bland
      America the Beautiful
      Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)
      Written by Thom Bell and William Hart
      Performed by The Delfonics
      South of the Border
      Written and Performed by Paul Hsu
      I Let a Good Man Go
      Written and Performed by Patrinell Staten
      Written by Robin Thicke, Paula Patton and James Gass
      Performed by Robin Thicke
      Street Life
      Written by Will Jennings and Joe Sample
      Performed by Randy Crawford
      Move On Up
      Written and Performed by Curtis Mayfield
      Diamond Life
      Written by Tyga, Sam Hollander and Dave Katz
      Performed by Tyga
      The Freaky Girlz
      Written by Richard L. Garcia and Rosen Anton Minter
      Performed by PMG
      Nobody Hot as Me
      Written by Jacques Slade and Dious Clay
      Performed by KU
      Goodie Bag
      Written by Ali Dee, Sarai Howard and Aaron Jacob
      Performed by Miss Eighty 6
      From NY to LA
      Written by Ali Dee, Julian Davis and Joey Katsaros
      Performed by King Juju
      Spiritual Warfare
      Written by Kendall Marsh and Axel Ramon Perez Gonzalez
      Performed by Ghostman MC
      Come On Baby
      Written by Saigon, Seth Justman, Just Blaze and Peter Wolf
      Performed by Saigon
      Southside Shuffle
      Performed by J. Geils Band
      Room Temperature
      Written and Performed by David Wittman
      Written by Rick Ross, Jermaine Jackson and Andrew Harr
      Performed by Rick Ross
      Theme from Trouble Man
      Written and Performed by Marvin Gaye
      Let's Get It On
      Written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend
      Gotta Work
      Written by Ameriie, Isaac Hayes and David Porter
      Performed by Ameriie
      Hold On I'm Coming
      Performed by Mighty Dog Haynes


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