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.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 4.6/10 (115 voted)
Stars: Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen
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.
Writers: Bill Guttentag, Chris Lehane
Catherine Kim Poon
(as Frankie Shaw)
When it comes to getting elected, there's no such thing as going too far.
Release Date: 3 Jan 2012
Filming Locations: Bay Area, San Francisco, California, USA
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There were several changes in the cast before filming. Connie Britton 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 the role of Tawny.
Looks good to me!! Effective!
The movie, at 99 minutes, feels long and suffers from having too many
characters, most of them underdeveloped, and from juggling multiple
story lines. "Knife Fight" offers a crowded canvas, but one that still
seems more of a rough sketch than a detailed, completed painting.
In Turner's moments of crisis, he sits down clandestinely with an older
independent investigator who digs up the dirt so his hands stay clean.
That character's played with a salt-and-pepper beard by Richard Schiff,
in a mini-"West Wing" reunion, and the two of them have an easy
rat-a-tat chemistry that comes naturally from old friends (or, in this
case, people who spent multiple years together on a television series).
These scenes crackle with low-key wit, the two of them intellectually
appealing as they map out otherwise barbaric plans. It's a hint of the
cutthroat, honest movie "Knife Fight" could have been, and not the
compromised, wet blanket lecture for which it settles.