New York native and Sundance Directing Award winner Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) has long been on intimate terms with the complex city and its intricate rhythms. In the movie “Fighting” the writer/director weaves a tale of two men headed straight for failure…until they cross paths and realize each has exactly what the other needs for big success.
Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard, Best Actor Oscar nominee, “Hustle & Flow”) sees that he has a natural talent for street fighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making some real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.
As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler. He learns he must fight his way—in a series of staggeringly intense bouts—through the city and take down local opponents who come at him with a variety of skills. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.
Channing Tatum also appears in the August 2009 big screen release -