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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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When it comes to getting elected, there's no such thing as going too far. See more »

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

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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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Getting a Bad Rap
13 July 2013 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Brilliant! An awesome political movie; if you didn't like Rob Lowe before this, you will! This isn't a political drama where the stage is set on the candidate being in your face; the main focus. You won't see all the bells and whistles, big budget fight & gun scenes, and worn action dialog. Rather, this is a political drama built around dialog and characters. The main characters aren't the machine; moreover, the main characters are the cogs that run the machines. The reason comparisons to Primary Colors or Game Change doesn't work is because only thing in common/related is the political storyline. After watching there is a slight bias; however, Worth a DEFINITE watch!


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