Girlfight


1h 50m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Trouble comes too easily to Diana Guzman, a high school senior with a chip on her shoulder and nameless, aimless scores to settle. Running an errand one day for her father Sandro, Diana finds herself in one of Brooklyn's most famous boxing gyms. At the sight of boxers sparring in the ring, her mind

Film Details

Also Known As
Gran Pelea, La
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Screen Gems; 20th Century Fox International; A-Film Distribution; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; CinTart; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Diaphana Productions; Haskolabio; Key Films; Rep; Screen Gems; Senator Film Verleih; Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Wild Bunch AG
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

Trouble comes too easily to Diana Guzman, a high school senior with a chip on her shoulder and nameless, aimless scores to settle. Running an errand one day for her father Sandro, Diana finds herself in one of Brooklyn's most famous boxing gyms. At the sight of boxers sparring in the ring, her mind explodes with the promise that you can be someone through the swiftness of your fists and your will to do harm -- finally, a place where she might belong! She starts secretly training to be a boxer, and wakes up quickly to find aches, pains, and an emotional tug-of-war with Hector, her world weary trainer. The discipline, cunning, and sheer hard work required to be a contender are the cold shower Diana needs to stir an ambition she's neglected all her life. Things get messy when she falls in love with another young boxer -- a guy whose ambivalent tenderness toward her puts her on the defensive, and whose fluid boxing style sharpens her own competitive edge.

Crew

Jeffrey Allen

Contrabass & Electric Bass

Stephen J Beatrice

Production Designer

Jay Berliher

Guitar

Andy Bey

Song Performer ("A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing")

Gwen Bialic

Production Coordinator

Yael Bitton

Script Supervisor

Joe Bonadio

Drums/Percussion & Clapping

Jimmy Bosch

Song Performer ("Otra Opportunidad" "Gaviota")

Patrick Cady

Director Of Photography

Marco Cattoretti

Costume Designer

Kathy Ciric

Location Manager

Tom Dekorte

Other

Lois Dilivio

Music Supervisor

Patrick Donnely

Camera Operator

Miguel Fernandez

Art Director

Robert Fernandez

Re-Recording Engineer

Carrie Fix

Assistant Director

Danny Gant

Song Performer ("Star Spangled Banner")

Andy Goldman

Title Designer

Sarah Green

Producer

Martha Griffin

Producer

Stephanie Griffin

Other

Yiyo Guzman

Boxing Trainer

Adam Hamilton

Song Performer ("For You")

Gary Harris

Music Supervisor

Stefon Harris

Song Performer ("Valse")

Susan Jacobs

Music Supervisor

Caroline Kaplan

Executive Producer

Judy Karp

Sound Mixer

Karyn Kusama

Screenwriter

Queen Latifah

Song Performer ("I Can Do Too" (Featuring Cole))

Remy Ma

Song Performer

Cynthia Markins-dieden

Unit Manager

Stephanie Marquardt

Additional Script Supervisor

Ellyn Long Marshall

Casting

Remy Martin

Song Performer ("Unstoppable")

Gene Mcdaniels

Song Performer ("Compared To What")

Luca Mosca

Costume Designer

Maria E. Nelson

Casting

Maggie Renzi

Producer

Sinbad Rios

Boxing Trainer

Rebecca Rivo

Assistant Director

Hector Roca

Boxing Trainer

Jason Rothenberg

Assistant Director

Alessandra Sanitate

Additional Hair & Make-Up

Carlos Santana

Song Performer ("Follow Me")

John Sayles

Executive Producer

Jonathan Sehring

Executive Producer

Dan Seligmann

Script Supervisor

Theodore Shapiro

Music; Music Arrangements

Theodore Shapiro

Music Producer

Craig H. Shepherd

Line Producer

Manny Siverio

Stunt Coordinator

Tracie Spencer

Song Performer ("Feelin' You (Soulpower Re-Mix)")

Jacky Terrason

Song Performer ("Valse")

Richard Thompson

Song Performer ("Cordoba")

Plummy Tucker

Editor

Michael Tudor

Other

Michael Tudor

Music Recordist

Film Details

Also Known As
Gran Pelea, La
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Screen Gems; 20th Century Fox International; A-Film Distribution; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; CinTart; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Diaphana Productions; Haskolabio; Key Films; Rep; Screen Gems; Senator Film Verleih; Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Wild Bunch AG
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of two awards, including the Open Palm Award and the Breakthrough Actor Award (Michelle Rodriguez) at the 2000 IFP Gotham Awards.

Winner of the Youth Jury Prize for Best Foreign Film at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Winner of the Silver Spike for runner-up at the 2000 Valladolid International Film Festival.

Winner of the Grand Prize of American Independent Cinema and the Ralf Lauren Prize for acting (Michelle Rodriguez) at the 2000 Deauville Festival of American Film.

Winner of the Directing Award and co-winner, along with Kenneth Lonergan's "You Can Count on Me," of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of the Best Picture Prize at the 2000 Deauville Festival of American Film.

Winner of the Best Actress Award (Michele Rodriguez) at the 2000 Deauville Festival of American Film.

Winner of the 2000 award for Breakthrough Performance (Michelle Rodriguez) from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Limited Release in United States September 29, 2000

Released in United States Fall September 29, 2000

Released in United States on Video March 27, 2001

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States June 2000

Released in United States September 2000

Released in United States October 2000

Shown at New York International Film Festival May 31 - June 4, 2000.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 2000.

Shown at Nantucket Film Festival June 21-25, 2000.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film September 1-10, 2000.

Shown at Valladolid International Film Festival October 20-28, 2000.

Feature directorial debut for Karyn Kusama, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, whose thesis film, "Sleeping Beauties," won a Mobil award in 1991. Feature acting debut for Michelle Rodriguez who was discovered by the filmmakers during an open casting call in New York City. Rodriguez trained as a a boxer for five months in preparation for her role as the angry and fearless Diana Guzman.

Began shooting June 3, 1999.

Completed shooting July 7, 1999.

Limited Release in United States September 29, 2000

Released in United States Fall September 29, 2000

Released in United States on Video March 27, 2001

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at New York International Film Festival May 31 - June 4, 2000.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 2000.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 20-30, 2000.)

Released in United States June 2000 (Shown at Nantucket Film Festival June 21-25, 2000.)

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film September 1-10, 2000.)

Released in United States October 2000 (Shown at Valladolid International Film Festival October 20-28, 2000.)