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.


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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