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Knife Fight (2012)

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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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Bill Guttentag

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Ready. Aim. Win. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borba noževima See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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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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Paul Turner: You don't get the outsized talent without the outsized weakness.
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22 August 2014 | by manitobaman81See all my reviews

The audience gets is a casserole of movie elements and little of the satisfaction that comes from watching these types of movies. It's one of those films for which I could guess the plot exactly before I saw it. You can predict the whole movie and ending easily. Worse, these characters were walking cardboards. Overall, the film was..."eh". I was bored through most of it and I left the living room with no intentions to ever see it again. From an artistic standpoint, there were some plot elements and character developments I didn't think were totally needed. They do however drive the story, which seemed to be their purpose, so I can accept them.


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