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Knife Fight -- 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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Rob Lowe ... Paul Turner

Julie Bowen ... Peaches O'Dell

Saffron Burrows ... Sophia

Jamie Chung ... Kerstin Rhee

David Harbour ... Stephen Green

Eric McCormack ... Larry Becker

Jennifer Morrison ... Angela Anderson

Carrie-Anne Moss ... Penelope Nelson

Richard Schiff ... Dimitris Vargas

Amanda Crew ... Helena St. John

Michelle Krusiec ... Shannon Haung

Chris Mulkey ... Roger Fillmore

Davey Havok ... Jimmy McSorley

Eddie George ... Tony Blanchard

Brooke Newton ... Tawny Shearson

Alan M. Dershowitz ... Erik - Tawny's Lawyer (as Dr. Alan Dershowitz)
Howard Kurtz ... Trevor - Blogger
Steve Schmidt ... Dr. Ryan Johnson
Ottavia De Luca ... Marisol (as Ottavia Deluca)

David Fine ... Tommy
Chiara De Luca ... Julia (as Chiara Deluca)

Brandon Scott ... Max

Frankie Shaw ... Samantha
Misha Guttentag ... Matt Quinn
Melissa Stephens ... Christina - Kentucky Club Dancer
Elizabeth Wagner ... Kentucky Newscaster
Malou Nubla ... Casey - San Francisco Reporter
Paul Ghiringhelli ... Rick Sanchez - KSFX TV
Dan Rubin ... Skip Richards

Ryan Alosio ... Johnny Duncan

Cynthia Popper ... Ana - Kentucky TV Reporter

Chris Lehane ... Gas Prices Reporter
Scott McCabe ... Woodward
Lexy Roy ... Bernstein
Alex Robertson ... Newspaper Editor
E. Ambriz DeColosio ... Carlos Lopez (as Eduardo Ambriz DeColosio Diaz)

Kurt Yaeger ... Oliver Kennedy

Sarah Poynter ... Daisy Green

Ella Dershowitz ... Ariel Becker

Rosalind Chao ... Kate - Focus Group Moderator

Jenica Bergere ... Molly

Lisa Pepper ... Amy

Sara Mornell ... Janice
Maev Lowe ... College Girl
Luke Rampersad ... Barista

Tina D'Elia ... Boston Waitress
Owen Kuwayti ... Penelope's Son
Nixie Herlick ... Stephen Green's Daughter #1
Zoe Herlick ... Stephen Green's Daughter #2

Suilma Rodriguez ... Penelope's Nurse #1
Corrine Proctor ... Penelope's Nurse #2
Catarina Carvalho ... Soccer Girl
Christopher Gomez ... Justin Perkins
John McGowan ... Junior Conway

Robert George Nelson ... Hank Harrison (as Robert Nelson)
Mark Plutynski ... Trip Simmons
Ben Schecter ... Autograph Boy
Sarah Schecter ... Autograph Girl
Michael Greggins ... Stephen Green's Aide
Michael Song ... Grocer
Jordan Ramirez ... Grocer's Daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahku ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Kimberly Allen ... Volleyball Player (uncredited)

Lena Avgust ... Penelope's Friend (uncredited)
Riko Bay ... Pastor's Assistant (uncredited)
Catherine Casol ... Photographer (uncredited)
Cabran E. Chamberlain ... Photographer (uncredited)
Zachary Culbertson ... Man in Sunglasses (uncredited)

Rick Ericson ... Press (uncredited)
Jasmine Fletcher ... Veterinary Assistant (uncredited)
Kenley Gaffke ... Photographer (uncredited)

Jimmy Giliberti ... Journalist (uncredited)
Mike Gray ... Governor's Aide (uncredited)

Malaak Hattab ... Homeless Kid (uncredited)

Shaylee Koontz ... Club Hostess (uncredited)
John Lobato ... Photographer (uncredited)

Mary Ann Lumba ... Medical Patient (uncredited)

Maura Mannle ... Penelope's Friend (uncredited)

Shirley Manson ... Nicole (uncredited)

Carl Marino ... KSVX News Reporter (uncredited)
Deanna Marks ... Amy (uncredited)

Lourdes Nadres ... Penelope's Aide (uncredited)

Jekyns Pelaez ... News Cameraman (uncredited)
Catherine Kim Poon ... Church Goer (uncredited)

Vanessa Ross ... Wine Bar Waitress (uncredited)
Anthony Santana ... Patient (uncredited)

Caelan Scrivener ... Homeless Kid (uncredited)

Jon Komp Shin ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Victor M. Slone ... Desheveled Reporter (uncredited)
Jesse Soares ... Frat Boy (uncredited)

Toni Staniewicz ... Penelope's Aide (uncredited)

Michael T Stewart ... Press (uncredited)

Ashley Sullivan ... Waitress (uncredited)

Nicholas Totis ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Tony Vella ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Steven Wiig ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Guttentag 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill Guttentag 
Chris Lehane 

Produced by
Catherine Davila .... producer
Daniel Davila .... producer
Guerrino De Luca .... producer
William Green .... executive producer
Eric Kolovson .... associate producer
Adam Vuaran .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Sister Bliss 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Kazmierski 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Dalva 
 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Michael E. Goldman 
 
Set Decoration by
Doni McMillan 
 
Costume Design by
Arielle Antoine 
 
Makeup Department
Gretchen Davis .... makeup department head
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... assistant makeup artist
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... makeup artist
Robert Mrazik .... assistant hair stylist
Yvette Rivas .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Debbie Brubaker .... production manager
Dana Mulligan .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gino Caputi .... second assistant director
Carl Lawrence Ludwig .... first assistant director
L. La Mar Stewart .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Stewart D. Allen .... set dresser
David Hendrickson .... art department coordinator
David Hendrickson .... graphic designer
John Lister .... set dresser
Patrick Ludden .... property master
Cindy Mah .... on-set dresser
William C. Martin .... assistant property master
Max Patrick Schlienger .... researcher
Mark Warren .... leadman
Trenton Winslow .... set dresser
Jerry Wiskerson .... set dresser
Anna Rogers .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital audio transfer
Benjamin A. Burtt .... sound effects editor (as Benny Burtt)
Danny Caccavo .... digital editorial services
John Countryman .... video services
Brian Dettor .... boom operator
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Sean England .... foley artist
Doug Ford .... engineering services
Pascal Garneau .... re-recording mixer
Pascal Garneau .... supervising sound editor
Bob Gitzen .... production sound mixer
Chris Gridley .... additional sound editor
Eric Hoehn .... recordist
Noah Katz .... digital editorial services
Mike Lane .... client services
Michael Levine .... digital audio transfer
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Dmitri Makarov .... digital editorial services
Zach Martin .... assistant re-recording mixer
Charlotte Moore .... post production sound accountant
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Shelly Napolean .... client services
Eva Porter .... client services
Brandon Proctor .... adr editor
Brandon Proctor .... dialogue editor
Brandon Proctor .... re-recording mixer
Erik Reimers .... assistant sound editor
David Silberberg .... boom operator
John Torrijos .... video services (as Jon 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Corey Tyler .... foley recordist
Edgar Meza .... engineering services (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Scott Bartholomew .... motion graphics artist: Westernized Productions
Philip Benn .... visual effects artist: Westernized Productions
Christian Castaneda .... visual effects supervisor: Westernized Productions
Junyoung Chung .... compositor: Westernized Productions
Alec Cummings .... motion graphics artist: Westernized Productions
Brandon Grande .... visual effects executive producer: Westernized Productions
Nathan Hackett .... compositor: Westernized Productions
Vishishth Kumar .... visual effects producer: Westernized Productions
Patrick Louie .... lead compositor: Westernized Productions
Marco Salsiccia .... compositor: Westernized Productions
Keaton Tips .... motion graphics artist: Westernized Productions
Brian A. Torres .... pipeline coordinator: Westernized Productions
Luke Witosky .... compositor: Westernized Productions
Di Ye .... compositor: Westernized Productions
Weihung Yin .... compositor: Westernized Productions
 
Stunts
Rick Mischke .... precision driver
Tony Vella .... stunt coordinator (as Tony Vella)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Best .... key grip
Phil Bowen .... first assistant camera
David Cherry .... grip
Evan Davies .... grip
Clif Henry .... grip
Angeline Herron .... still photographer
Ernie Kunze .... best boy electric
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera
David Lezynski .... dit supervisor
Paul Marbury .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Drew Nelson .... electrician
Oskar Ness .... gaffer
Jason Michael Noel .... best boy grip
Pat Riley .... assistant camera
Paciano Triunfo .... grip
Mark William Bassett .... set electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Holly Dorff .... adr voice casting
Marcy Guiragossian .... extras casting
Brandon Hemmerling .... casting assistant
Nina Henninger .... casting
Nicole Jackson .... background casting intern
Betty Mae .... casting
Jaceson Mann .... casting assistant
Michelle Wade Byrd .... casting associate (as Michelle Wade)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arielle Antoine .... costume desinger
Carina Berlin .... wardrobe intern
Robin Fitzgerald .... set costumer
Kathleen Giordano .... costume supervisor
Annie Rothschild .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Dana Mulligan .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Peter Moody .... location scout
Nicholas Olsen .... location assistant/scout
Mark Redmond .... location manager
 
Music Department
Marie Ebbing .... music editor
Nick Hanson .... music supervisor
Will Rayson .... composer: additional music
Peter Oso Snell .... music editor
Mark Willsher .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Richard Allino .... driver
Beau Bean .... driver
Vincent Camp .... driver
Jack E. Curtis .... production driver
Jackie Curtis .... driver
John F. Fahey .... driver (as John Fahey)
Michael E. Houston .... driver
Milton L. Jeffers .... driver
Dannie Lenz .... driver
Neil Murray .... driver
Robert Prince .... driver
Roman Robles .... driver
Greg Rogers .... driver (as Gregory T. Rogers)
Anthony R. Sacco .... transportation captain (as Tony Sacco)
Anthony R. Sacco .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
William Archer .... legal services
Rich Branden .... production assistant
Alan Chu .... IT/telecom tech
Holly Dorff .... adr voice
Michael Emami .... production assistant
Michael Emami .... set production assistant
Susannah Greason .... film commissioner
Michael Harrington .... intern
Laura F. Haynes .... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Jourdan .... production assistant
Derek Maher .... production assistant
Chris Martin .... script supervisor
Svetlana Mril .... intern
Calvin Oggs .... intern
James Parker .... key set production assistant
Heather Phan .... office intern
Emily Pierceall .... production coordinator
Suilma Rodriguez .... photo double
Carlo Silvio .... epk director
Toni Staniewicz .... stand-in: Brook Newton
Toni Staniewicz .... stand-in: female lead
Julia Ellis Tomiyama .... intern
Christopher Waters .... production accountant
Dan Wiedenhaupt .... assistant to Mr. Green
Stefanie Goldstein .... news reporter voice (uncredited)
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity
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There were several changes in the cast before filming. Connie Britton was in talks for the role of Penelope; but ultimately Carrie-Anne Moss was cast. Titus Welliver was approached for the role of Dimitris, as well as Rebecca Mader for the role of Tawny.See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Campaign spin, 13 January 2016
Author: Prismark10 from United Kingdom

There have been recent political campaign movies such as The Ides of March which had a more heavyweight cast. There are classics such as Robert Redford in The Candidate. Knife Fight reminds me of Sidney Lumet's Power from 1986 which also had a high calibre cast but a tepid reception by the critics and at the box office.

Rob Lowe plays Paul a highly sought after, cynical and ruthless election strategist. He declares, 'To win in politics, you have got to be the person who is willing to bring a gun to a knife fight.' Which is something Sean Connery said in The Untouchables before being shot a 100 times!

Paul can deal with any political disaster presumably such as those handled by the campaign team who dealt with Bill Clinton when he ran for Presidency the first time round, when his team realised that their was hardly any woman left in Arkansas that he had not slept with. In fact Chris Lehane, one of the co-writers was an aide to Clinton and Gore.

Paul deals with winners and over the years he has become jaded, cynical and has little time for people who are altruistic.

Things change when he takes on a doctor who runs a free clinic as a candidate for Governor and who tweaks the last shred of idealism left in him. Otherwise there are the usual politicians running for elections who are philanderers or are caught in some embarrassing situations that Paul needs to spin out.

The film is underwhelming and never strongly registers as the script is limp. Lowe underplays his role but apart from Carrie Ann Moss's idealistic character the rest of them are shallow and mean and they are supposed to be liberals as well.

As a political satire it does not work as it is not funny or biting enough. Even with story of the doctor you can guess the twist rather easily.

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