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Knife Fight (2012)

R  |   |  Drama  |  28 January 2013 (USA)
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A political strategist juggling three clients questions whether or not to take the high road as the ugly side of his work begins to haunt him.


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If a political candidate is personally flawed, but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help him win? That question looms over the life of "true believer" Paul Turner (Rob Lowe), a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office. With the help of a bright young assistant (Jamie Chung) and a seedy operative (Richard Schiff), Turner spins every news cycle and a shrewd reporter (Julie Bowen) on behalf of his clients: a philandering Kentucky governor (Eric McCormick), a blackmailed California senator (David Harbour), and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Carrie-Anne Moss). When the ugly side of Turner's work begins to haunt him, he learns that even in the bloodiest of battles, sometimes you have to fight clean. Written by IFC Films

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Borba noževima  »

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Carrie-Anne Moss on her character Penelope: "Because she works in a clinic, she sees people every day, and sees the truth of what's happening, and how people are struggling for jobs, struggling for medical care, struggling for education. And she just really wants to make a difference, and her decision to run for governor doesn't come from her ego at all. It comes from this really pure intention. So I really like that about her. She's sort of that innocent light that wants to make a difference." See more »

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Knife Fight with Battle Hymn of the Republic
28 May 2014 | by (Oosterhout, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

To get elected in office, according to 'Knife Fight', all which is found outside the conventional playbook of politics should be given opportunity, for the good candidate to become governor elected. Even if there's collateral damage attached to the level of having a college girl's life ruined, upto attempted suicides. The far-out morals choices reported today in Washup DC Politics have apparently spread out to Nation, State and County Politics Campaign affairs, where the subversion apparently has sunken back to the level of Roman Empire days, when Julius was stabbed by Brutus. The mantra of fighting crime by hiring even more dangerous criminals is something which has today infected all kinds of aspects of life, where by all means good, bad, legal and or violating state laws, will give the good Lady or Lord the much aspired seat if High Office. This is the theme which is extensively illustrated inside 'Knife Fight' where the end result seems OK. There is one downer though. When the end titles run a small parody of the Battle Hymn of the Republic is played. This is sadly one step beyond the much admired seat in the office of Hollywood fame.

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