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Girlfight [DVD] (2001)

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  • Actors: Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Ray Santiago
  • Directors: Karyn Kusama
  • Writers: Karyn Kusama
  • Producers: Caroline Kaplan, Craig H. Shepherd, John Sayles, Jonathan Sehring, Maggie Renzi
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NPKB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,306 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Co-winner of the Grand Jury Prize for the Best Dramatic Film at this year's Sundance Film Festival as well as the winner for Best Direction, GIRLFIGHT heralds in a new feminity for the new century. It marks the breathtaking debut of an incendiary new filmmaker (Karyn Kusama) and a ferocious new star (Michelle Rodriguez). Drenched in sweat, emotion and attitude, GIRLFIGHT is the riveting potrait of Diana, a fierce young woman who takes up boxing as a means to reconcile with her past and embrace life on her own terms.


Girlfight--from first-time director Karyn Kusama--tells a simple but compelling story of a young woman in Brooklyn whose violent impulses in school, and her tendency to physicalise her anger, lead her to train as a boxer. Her trainer at first puts her off, but the combination of her desire and her physical prowess changes his mind. As played by Michelle Rodriguez, Diane is a scowling lightning rod for sudden violence who discovers that she can find a sense of personal grace in boxing--in the training and in the honing of skills--that seems to spill over into her daily life, despite the disapproval of an abusive father. Kusama isn't telling a new story here, but she tells a familiar one with a sense of passion and pride in the uncharted territory this represents for women. Though a romantic subplot seems almost tacked on as an afterthought--Diane must box the boy she loves--Girlfight is engaging and even touching. --Marshall Fine,

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K C Clayton on 17 Feb 2002
Format: DVD
The New York University has spawned some top directors, Scorsese to name one started work on "Mean Streets" there. Now comes Karyn Kusama. She might be the next Scorsese and "Girlfight" is her first feature film. Given this, it really is an incredible peace of cinematography, and fully meriting the Sundance film festival award it won.
One thing strikes you about the film, not the camerawork, nor the editing, nor the fight sequences; no, every stunning aspect of this film is outshone by its star Michelle Rodriguez. Her performance is simply breathtaking, but what makes it all the more incredible is that she had never acted before this film, nor boxed. Both of which she does brilliantly. Many reviews of the film compared her to Marlon Brando. Don't worry she's not chronically obese, nor is she a man. The major similarity is their intensity, that brooding, boiling, tension that they exude. It is truly frightening to watch in places. And yet it is a performance than an acting veteran would have been unable to replicate, produced by a first-timer. Michelle Rodriguez is a name to watch.
The performance is the driving force behind this film, and given the other performances from unestablished actors, it seems that Kusama has a quality of bringing out the best in her actors. Perhaps this is in some ways a problem as Rodriguez is incandesent as a goddess in comparison to the rest of the film, which isn't actually bad.
Thus I have decided to now come on to the plot because Girlfight is one of the few films where a good plot is inadvertently upstaged by an upstart young performer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on 3 May 2003
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Written and directed by Karyn Kusama, a former assistant of John Sayles, GIRLFIGHT is a film for you if you're interested in independent american movies. Michelle - Diana - Rodriguez is boxing the screen in this role which seems have been written specially for her.
While most of the male boxers of Hector's boxing school consider this sport as a way to make money in order to leave their poor neighborhood, Diana is boxing because she has too much aggressivity in her. The school authorities want her to see a psychiatrist but what's the use with a girl who doesn't want to be helped. So boxing will replace the doc at a lower cost and allow Diana to face her father for a cathartic final confrontation.
Karyn Kusama is without any doubt very talented and knows how to make you feel the rage of the boxers during a fight. Michelle Rodriguez is outstanding, giving a stellar performance that our young starlets should study again and again in order to understand what is cinema really about. A movie highly recommended.
A DVD zone Raging Bull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Watson on 3 May 2009
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This dvd has some good drama and some nice boxing action. It showed a young hot tempered Michelle Rodriguez getting into the world of boxing. Useing the boxing techniques, Hard stamina training, getting into boxing competitions and showed drama everying outside of boxing, with school, her family and her boyfriend. If you like your boxing films you will like this one!
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