This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which a City Councilman, Cory Booker, attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James.

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Marshall Curry

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Marshall Curry
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Jen Bluestein Jen Bluestein ... Self
Cory Booker ... Self - Candidate
Bill Bradley ... Self - Former U.S. Senator (as Sen. Bill Bradley)
Chris Christie ... Self - U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Pablo Fonseca Pablo Fonseca ... Self
Sharpe James Sharpe James ... Self - Candidate
Spike Lee ... Self
Jim McGreevey ... Self
Al Sharpton ... Self
Cornel West ... Self
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This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which a City Councilman, Cory Booker, attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James.

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In Newark, N.J., elections are won and lost in the streets.

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The film ends with Cory Booker planning his run for mayor in 2006 and Sharpe James still undecided as to whether he will run for re-election. As it turns out, James decided to retire and Booker won the 2006 election. In 2008, James was convicted of five counts of fraud by a federal jury and was sentenced to 27 months in prison. See more »

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Edited into P.O.V.: Street Fight (2005) See more »

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Interesting Doc, w/ a mayor so arrogant, it's sickening.
29 November 2008 | by TheEmulator23See all my reviews

This is one of those documentaries that continued to surprise & goes to show just how slimy & supposedly powerful these longtime politicians can be. Worst than anything is the way all those around the mayor all think that just because he's the mayor, he's immune to everything. The previous mayor Sharpe James is such a slimy jerk it's disturbing and somebody needs to put this guy in his place. He is exactly like so many other politicians who say one thing like the previous Governor of N.Y. Elliot Spitzer who crusaded against prostitution than gets caught doing it himself. How this guy James became mayor is beyond my comprehension as he is so loud, brash, a racist against his own. In any other society wouldn't be anything special. Just as the saying goes, which is supposed to be a positive remark, it also applies negatively as well, "Only in America." A good documentary that if you already despise politics will make you despise them more, and to those that like them, it will open your eyes to the ugliness that is just about all campaigns, especially here in the U.S. A truly disturbing, but interesting film to say the least.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Street Fight See more »

Filming Locations:

Montclair, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,888, 26 February 2006

Gross USA:

$4,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,779
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