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The Knife (1991)

A Grande Arte (original title)
An American photographer in Rio de Janeiro becomes involved in the world of "knife culture" when he sets out to find the killer of one of his models.

Director:

Walter Salles (as Walter Salles Jr.)

Writers:

Rubem Fonseca, Rubem Fonseca (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Peter Mandrake
Tchéky Karyo ... Hermes (as Tcheky Karyo)
Amanda Pays ... Mariet
Raul Cortez Raul Cortez ... Lima Prado
Giulia Gam Giulia Gam ... Gisela
Paulo José Paulo José ... Detective
Eduardo Conde Eduardo Conde ... Roberto Mitry
René Ruiz René Ruiz ... José Zakkai - Iron Nose (as Rene Ruiz)
Tonico Pereira Tonico Pereira ... Rafael
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Camilo Fuentes (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Cássia Kis Cássia Kis ... Mercedes (as Cassia Kiss)
Iza Do Eirado Iza Do Eirado ... Zélia
Tony Tornado Tony Tornado ... Iron Nose's Bodyguard
Eduardo Waddington Eduardo Waddington ... Knife Dealer
Alvaro Freire Alvaro Freire ... Evilásio - Mitry's Butler (as Álvaro Freire)
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Storyline

An American photographer in Rio de Janeiro becomes involved in the world of "knife culture" when he sets out to find the killer of one of his models. Written by Cornel Ormsby <LionInOil@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, and for language and sensuality. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Brazil | USA

Language:

English | Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

14 November 1992 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Exposure See more »

Filming Locations:

Andes, Bolivia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$356,825
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature directorial debut for documentary filmmaker Walter Salles Jr. See more »

Goofs

The knife dealer says the Applegate-Fairbairn knife is used by British commandos. Actually the knife is a redesign of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife that was widely used in WWII, the Applegate-Fairbairn wasn't issued to any armed forces to this day. See more »

Quotes

Peter Mandrake: All my life, I've been looking for something... different.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 19 seconds for an '18' rating. See more »

Connections

References Cul-De-Sac (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Photographer (A Gentleman's Honor)
Written and Arranged by Philip Glass
Orchestra conducted by Michael Riesman
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Not just violent. They don't make 'em like this anymore (too bad!).
16 November 2005 | by mhartley-1See all my reviews

The path of a pacifist photographer being seduced by the need for justice and the intrigue of a hitherto unknown world of professional assassins plying their trade via the intimate and all-too-personal death delivered by a knife is a very deep experience to watch unfold, and Peter Coyote does it to a tee.

His inner revulsion to the horror of embracing this culture is offset by its fascination as well as the necessity of descending into it to find out the truth behind the killing of model/prostitutes. Slowly but surely you observe the influence of his gaining knowledge and confidence as he is tutored (by a master of the art he just happens to see and captures on camera one day plying his craft), all dragging him down to dive in completely.

The plot thickens as characters are revealed and surprises are forthcoming, all leading to a fantastic final knife-fighting confrontation with the acknowledged master, someone he has known all along but not suspected.

I saw this movie about 10 years ago, but never noted the title until I was trying to order it on-line, and now I have it in my collection. I highly recommend it for its combination of intense drama, revealing close analysis of the process of a sworn pacifist turned to embrace violence as a way of life, amazing fighting scenes, and an uplifting ending. Unforgettable.


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