5.61 h 45 min2009PG-13
A New York City 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.
Dito Montiel
Channing TatumRoger Guenveur SmithTerrence Howard
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Brian J. WhiteLuis GuzmanZulay HenaoPeter TambakisAnthony Desando
Kevin MisherLisa Bruce
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

648 global ratings

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JackjeanhReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth It
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To be honest, wasn't sure I was going to like this movie. This was Channing Tatum right before he found success and the underdog story in the movie resounds soundly. He does a very good job, not only acting but in fighting as well. My only issue with this movie is ****WHOOPS, SPOILERS AHEAD**** the main or most important fight between Channing Tatum and his "enemy" seems a little outmatched. Played by Brian White, he outweighs Tatum by a good pound or two and, although not impossible, Tatum coming out on top seems a little far-fetched. But hey, what are movies for? Either way, I enjoyed it. Worth a look, I think. Side-note:, he's amazing in just about anything he does.
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Thieving Raccoon of the Cooper ClanReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really good., but unrated doesn't help it.
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This movie's story is a little confusing at first, but as you watch it through you will be like thats why hes fighting. I have to note out of nowhere Harvey says "Do you like to fight?" Ok just a little bit like other people say this movie's title seems like it replaced another one. In the story with the character Zulay, Shawn apparently kept his head that direction until he finds out a little secret. I really thought he would see her again. The unrated version now only adds an extra 3 minutes to the movie. I didn't see much new things to it. Instead I thought it should be called the extended version not unrated. There were 5 fights including the little intro. Like I said there could be more fighting to earn that title. Now let me say the acting is great. I really like Terrence Howard being in the film. He plays a great role as a scam artist. Channing and Zulay also have good roles. The comedy mostly came from some of Harvey's friends and Zulay's mom, or grandma I think it is. The soundtrack also kept me interested into it and even though I have a weird feeling like something is missing I really do think its an awesome movie. It kinda reminds of movies like 8 mile, you got serve, and stomp the yard (I really don't know why). There should be a sequel and with more fighting.
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Dolce SoieReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Never thought a movie about bare knuckle fighting would hold my attention, but it did. The casting I felt was very well done. Everyone was very believable in their roll, even those individuals I was unfamiliar with. I found myself actually caring about these characters, and could very easily identify with their struggles to make a living...doing what you have to, but may not really want to in a city that thrives on money. I grew up in New York and receognized many of the street scenes that are so typical of the city. The Bronx scenes were a flash back to my childhood. Raw and hard core, you have to live there to understand the mind set of the inhabitants. This movie captured the culture and the sub-culture of hustling. I enjoyed this movie very much!
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J. YeeReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
It Tries Hard
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This is generally not my kind of movie, but I did like it as it had kind of a Rocky element going. I also thought the actors gave sincere performances and the story was gritty enough to keep your attention - I get bored easily. As I watched it, I really felt this movie had a lot of potential to be great but because it was kind of rushed, it couldn't quite get there. If it could have taken a little more time to develop the characters and their relationships, it might have gotten there. I know that Channing Tatum is always criticized for his non acting ability, but if you really watch this movie, you can sense his potential, there were several times that you got a sincere sense from him that his character really wanted to do the right thing and Tatum does this more with expression than words. The only other thing that I feel could have been better was the connection between Shawn and Zulay, I just didn't get a sense of actual attraction, it really seemed kind of forced, like there was no choice. Obviously not one of the best movies of 2009 but certainly one of the better ones. I hope you enjoy it.
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Smart buyerReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Action movie called Fighting
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It's mostly an action movie Its possible I had seen the movie fighting before and I went to Amazon and purchased a copy.
Snappy. 🙂🙂🙂
loloReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I love a good fight movie and this one fits that bill. Channing is quite the fighter and being a dancer, he could really showcase the movement and intent.
Terrance Howard is great as the guy who has his own story and knows talent when he sees and knows how to play the game with big gamblers.
So far my favorite Channing Tatum movie.
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Curious ReaderReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
The good guy wins
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The whole plot is to follow the perceived manipulations of a young man, desperate to do more with his life, so he fights for money. His handler is slick and seemingly nothing but greedy, but shows a caring spot for his "mark", the fighter. But, in the end, the young man everyone thought was being used cause he was inept, came out the winner and achieved what he wanted - a better life without the violence.
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MonkGroupieReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
great for the right audience
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I love Dito Montiel, and have begun to really notice Channing Tatum. This is not quite "On the Waterfront" but it's a powerful and surprising "thinking" movie.
Channing Tatum as an actor suffers from the same handicap that many other handsome actors suffer from: it's so easy to be charmed by his looks that you can easily lose track of what a talented actor he is. But if he keeps pushing I think he can overcome this handicap, at least I really hope he will, because he is a gem of an actor.

As for the movie: if you are looking for a traditional "fighting" movie, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a movie with an exciting plot, find something else.
It's a movie about being beaten down and standing up. And, not unrelated, it's about being able to create tenderness and beauty in the middle of garbage. The quiet exchanges between the main characters are powerful and painful and tender. The unlikely bonding between Tatum's and Howard's characters has depth and pain and beauty. A signature of Montiel's stories and directing, the tender scenes between Shawn MacArthur ("like a knight" what a gem of a line!!!) and the girl Zulay leave you breathless.
There's a running theme throughout the movie that is a reply to Brando's "I coulda been a contenda", and what a reply it is! I just about jumped out of my own skin when I got the reply.
As for Tatum's acting, his facial expressions and body language speak volumes. He's a wonderful actor.

The only problem with this movie is that it hasn't been noticed by the audience it should reach. But it will.
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