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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.






Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Turner
... Peaches O'Dell
... Sophia
... Kerstin Rhee
... Stephen Green
... Larry Becker
... Angela Anderson
... Penelope Nelson
... Dimitris Vargas
... Helena St. John
... Shannon Haung
... Roger Fillmore
... Jimmy McSorley
... Tony Blanchard
... Tawny Shearson


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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Borba noževima  »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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The co-writer Chris Lehane was the Former Special Assistant Counsel to President Clinton and Press Secretary for both Vice President Gore and the Gore-Lieberman Campaign. See more »


Paul Turner: You don't get the outsized talent without the outsized weakness.
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Don't pay to watch it
18 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

This movie is pretty much what you'd expect from liberal Hollywood. They get their share of cheap shots in at conservatives, Tea Party, etc. The campaign staff try to convey they pull dirty rotten tricks for both sides and then have an epiphany by the end of the movie. Hillary Clinton's real-life campaign corruption makes renting this movie a complete waste of money and makes this movie look like a complete fairy tale. I have to write ten lines of text for the review, so here I go. Not one of Rob Lowe's better movies. There is really nothing shocking about their behavior or low-life tactics unless you are an ill- informed, low information liberal.

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