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Knife Fight (2013)

Rob Lowe , Julie Bowen , Bill Guttentag  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen
  • Directors: Bill Guttentag
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCJR94S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If a political candidate is personally flawed but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help them win an election? That question looms over the life of 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, The Hangover Part II), a shrewd reporter (Julie Bowen, Modern Family), and a seedy operative (Richard Schiff, The West Wing), Turner spins every news cycle on behalf of his clients, which include a philandering Kentucky governor (Eric McCormack, Will & Grace), a blackmailed California senator, and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix Series). 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. A smart and crackling look at what happens behind closed doors in American politics, KNIFE FIGHT is a searing political insider story for the new century.


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Part satire, part expose, part commentary, the political drama "Knife Fight" targets some pretty familiar topics. Unfortunately, it doesn't do so in a new or illuminating way. Saying that the American political process is corrupt AND unscrupulous is like preaching to the choir. Is there anyone left with the idealism necessary to make this thought even remotely controversial or incendiary? Just watching the smear campaigns, the Internet rumors, and the negative press during every election season, it seems pretty clear that it is a flawed system (perhaps even irreparably flawed). There is no civility, but a policy of doing whatever necessary to gain the upper hand. That said, there have been some brilliant films to address the subject that were both merciless and unforgettable. "Knife Fight," in the end, doesn't offer anything to the debate. It's pleasant, watchable, and has an attractive and likable cast and maybe that's enough for some. But it lacks teeth, surprise, and true controversy. Heck, I think 1949's "All The King's Men" is still more relevant and shocking than this piece!

Rob Lowe plays the power broker at the heart of the movie. A savvy political strategist, Lowe is the point person for several notable campaigns including a scandalized California senator (a solid David Harbour) and a philandering Kentucky governor (Erik McCormack). With the help of his faithful staff (including newbie Jamie Chung), they are doctors of spin turning negatives into positives whenever possible. And if not possible, just make the other guy look even worse! At its best, "Knife Fight" does showcase some amusing campaign ads. They are, to me, the most effective aspect of the film's screenplay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encore! When's the sequel? October 13, 2013
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What a blast! I loved Knife Fight, and my only complaint is, I wish it were a cable tv drama so I could look forward to 12 episodes in successive seasons. Lacking that, what we have here is an hour and forty minutes of fresh, fast-moving with a wham-bang cadence, and entertaining drama on a serious subject. It's a political campaigning palooza. It's dark and light at the same time, occasionally managing to be funny. It's the best of the worst. And it zings off a few little surprises along the way that I will not reveal -- no spoilers here.

Rob Lowe takes on a big role, Paul Taylor, and he carries if off both with weight and levity. Paul Taylor is a ruthless master media strategist and fix-it guy for hire. He is the Democrats' version of Roger Ailes before Ailes owned Fox News. Paul's character could have been played down to a silly stick figure. Instead, Lowe performs here at his very best in my opinion, his most complicated and believable, and most fun to watch.

Paul's sidekick, Kerstin Rhee, played by rising star Jamie Chung, is a junior associate who pulses with newfound talent, an inquiring mind, and a zest for following Paul where the action is. She has an idealistic streak too. Her ethical sonar reads trouble at times.

Paul also calls in a master on reserve, played by Richard Schiff, making for a nice West Wing moment. Thankfully, Lowe's and Schiff's characters are just different enough from West Wing, and the two actors are strong enough, that the West Wing allusion does not distract, but rather, adds a bonus.

Paul feels a pinch of conscience that leads him to fire off in another direction -- another complicated direction, that is. The ethics on display include lots of bad stuff, but not all black and white.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 'Knife Fight' is no 'West Wing' May 3, 2013
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If you look up Harold Lasswell's definition of politics, it will tell you that politics is defined by who gets what, when, and how. Granted, politics was a bit different back in the 1930s and 40s when Lasswell was doing his work - but the principal that he defined still stands true today. The word "politics" is and will (probably) forever be linked to corruption and greed - along with affairs, murder, and any other crime that has been committed by politicians over the years. The bad politicians that have abused their power and standing in the world over the course of human history have given nearly all politicians a bad name - yet not every politician is bad. Despite their personal struggles and shortcomings, men like Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy are some of the United States' most adored individuals and considered to have been masters at the art of politicking - so occasionally politics can give people a bad rap simply by association. In the recently released political drama, Knife Fight - juggling politics and personal lives takes center stage, along with the maneuverability involved with executing a successful political campaign.

Knife Fight stars former West Wing actor Rob Lowe as he returns to the semi-fictitious political scene. Paul Turner (Lowe) is a successful campaign strategist running three campaigns at once and with the help of his assistant Kerstin (Jamie Chung), Turner must navigate a Kentucky governor, a California senator, and a doctor turned candidate through the nastiness that accompanies political campaigns. Spinning news cycles to his will, Turner uses his connections and political savvy to walk the fine line of fighting dirty to keep his candidates clean - or as he puts it: "bring a gun to a knife fight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A political thriller.
Great actors and actresses. This is another must see.
I think the only thing more fun then watching it was making it.
Published 7 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I haven't seen the movie yet , But I did enjoy being in the movie and working with the stars.
Published 10 months ago by linda olmos
4.0 out of 5 stars Knife Fight Review
I thought it was a nice clean movie which showed (on a high level) life inside the political campaigning world. Liked the way it ended. Made you feel good.
Published 12 months ago by K Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars don't
looks like it ought to be better than it is. didactic, disjointed, can't decide on a story line, no sympathetic characters. problem is in writing and editing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by william d simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion about that pisture
I think that it is a good view of political life; Very good interpretation by Rob Lowe, julie bowen and others
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Daval Rene
4.0 out of 5 stars I agree with other commenter Average but Feel Good
This was a nice movie to watch, relaxing and pleasant. This is a moive that I would expect on Prime, not for rental. I would wait until it is on Prime before watching.
Published 18 months ago by Adam Macaulay
3.0 out of 5 stars I am a fan of The West Wing
so I wanted to see what Rob Lowe did in this movie. I think he's good in it. I think the story itself is good, but not brilliant. Read more
Published 19 months ago by the traveling cafe
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