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Knife Fight

3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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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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  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCJR94S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 7, 2013
Format: DVD
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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"Knife Fight" is a brilliant film from 2012. And it is currently available on NetFlix Instant Download Streaming. The Director is Bill Guttentag. The writters are Bill Guttentag and Chris Lehane. Actors include Rob Lowe, Amanda Morrison, Julie Bowen, Jamie Chung, Carrie-Anne Moss, Saffron Burrows, David Harbour, Frances Shaw, Eric McComack and Vanessa Ross. 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! Dale Haufrect
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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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Interesting story of a political strategist, who when running the campaigns of a Kentucky Governor and a California Senator find them both in compromising situations has to resort to dirty campaigns to pull them out of the fire, has trouble with his conscience and takes on a third client. A decent single mother doctor, a friend of a family member, who works with the underprivileged and is an honest woman had approached him to handle a campaign for her to run as Governor and really make a difference. He has turned her down before because of how viciously campaigns are run and what they would do to her. He takes her on to try and right the boat. While this is by no means a great picture, it is entertaining and worth a watch. Rob Lowe is excellent in the role.
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