Knife Fight

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bill Guttentag
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

natural resource,

which is our children.

We now live in a country

where over 2/3 of the population

is overweight.

Now, 90%

of our middle schools

no longer have

daily gym classes.

At night, I'd hear my mama

come home

from her late shift

at the tanning plant.

As I lay there in bed...

I could hear my mama cry.

And I ask you,

how is it possible

that a country that can afford

to bail out

the Wall Street banks

to the tune

of over $2 trillion...


how could that country

not afford to have

those same banks

from taking away

the American dream

from so many

hardworking Americans?

It's just not right.

This is a crisis.

And it's a crisis that we owe it

to our children to solve.

And the time to solve it is now.

Thank you.

[All speaking at once]

Just a couple more questions

on Afghan troop levels, Senator.

Hey, Reed?


Why don't you go fishing

for the three-day weekend?

We'll dump the divorce news

after 5:
00 on Friday

by tipping the AP

to the legal filings

on an embargoed basis.

They'll play on the wires

after 7:

It's the perfect time

for a document dump.

All right.

Talk to you later.

He'll live.

[Kids shouting]

[People cheering]

All right!


Money shot.

The message of the day.

This one's yours, all right?

Oh, God!

Sir, are you okay?

Yeah, I'm all right.

Thanks. Thanks.

All right!

Come on!


Same thing?



Now, as I stand here

in the governor's house...

the people's house,

I am using the power

of this house

to help keep

the people of Kentucky

in their houses.

Today I am sending a bill

to the state senate

that offers real

and solid protection

from the kind of

cruel foreclosures

that my mama and so many

hardworking Kentuckians

have been forced to endure.

And I'm asking for you

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Bill Guttentag

Bill Guttentag is a double Oscar-winning dramatic and documentary film writer-producer-director. His films have premiered at the Sundance, Cannes, Telluride and Tribeca film festivals. more…

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