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Knife Fight (2013)

Knife Fight

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

January 25, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

100 min.

Production Budget

$7 millions

Studio

IFC Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Bill Guttentag

Producer

Daniel Davila, Catherine Davila

Screenwriter

Bill Guttentag, Chris Lehane

Starring

Story


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.

"Knife Fight" is a smart, crackling, comedic 'inside look' at what happens behind closed doors in modern American politics. Two-time Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag teamed with renowned political consultant Chris Lehane to create this political story for the new century. As the November election approaches, "Knife Fight" pulls back the curtain on the 'real truth' of the political process.

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Rob Lowe stars as Paul Turner in IFC Films' Knife Fight (2012)
Poster of IFC Films' Knife Fight (2012)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..you can't make a winning movie that skewers the blood sport of U.S. politics armed with a rubber-tipped blade..”
by Bruce DeMara [Toronto Star]
“..the movie is at its best when it eviscerates the amoral mentality of political manipulators. But everything falls apart when they aim higher, with a needlessly complex structure, sermonizing speeches and last-minute awakenings of conscience..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]
“..often doesn't know what type of film it wants to be. Attempting to braid together political sincerity, political satire, and a human element of guilt, the feature advances unevenly, stuck trying to make sense of its erratic tone..”
by Brian Orndorf [Blu-ray.com]