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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

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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When it comes to getting elected, there's no such thing as going too far. 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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Originally slated to release around November 2012 presidential election in the USA. See more »

Quotes

Paul Turner: You don't get the outsized talent without the outsized weakness.
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Getting a Bad Rap
13 July 2013 | by phillybug_23See all my reviews

Brilliant! An awesome political movie; if you didn't like Rob Lowe before this, you will! This isn't a political drama where the stage is set on the candidate being in your face; the main focus. You won't see all the bells and whistles, big budget fight & gun scenes, and worn action dialog. Rather, this is a political drama built around dialog and characters. The main characters aren't the machine; moreover, the main characters are the cogs that run the machines. The reason comparisons to Primary Colors or Game Change doesn't work is because only thing in common/related is the political storyline. After watching there is a slight bias; however, Worth a DEFINITE watch!


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