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Street Fight (2005)

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"Street Fight" chronicles the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. Fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits Booker against an old style political machine that uses any means necessary to crush its opponents: city workers who do not support the mayor are demoted; "disloyal" businesses are targeted by code enforcement; a campaigner is detained and accused of terrorism; and disks of voter data are burglarized in the night. "Street Fight" tells a gripping story of the underbelly of democracy where elections are not about spin-doctors, media consultants, or photo ops. In Newark, we discover, elections are won and lost in the streets.
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Documentary , Special Interest
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

It's utterly fascinating, and if you don't follow New Jersey politics, you will be kept in the dark about the outcome of this 2002 race almost to the end.

April 21, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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[Marshall] Curry's picture is must-see fare for any and every observer of the curious world of American politics.

March 3, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The documentary is simple and strong and small. Its grit lifts it above its mechanical shortcomings.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
Boston Globe
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If you didn't already realize that politics can be a dirty business, then Marshall Curry's Oscar-nominated documentary will set you straight.

Full Review… | March 2, 2006
Christian Science Monitor
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In brief, Marshall Curry, the young director of Street Fight, has hit the documentary jackpot.

February 28, 2006
New Yorker
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James is his own worst enemy in the documentary, behaving in public as a near caricature of Boss Tweed. But he won and is now serving out his fifth term.

February 24, 2006
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Street Fight

I didn?t see this movie recently, which is when I usually review these things. But I remembered to return this to my cousin, so I?ll write it now. (SPOILER, for as much as a documentary about politics can be spoiled) The thing about this movie was that I watched it thinking it was the election he won. I guess it took a long time to edit and get it released. This was a well done documentary that really shows the underdog story and is cleverly edited and benefits from being in the right place and the right time. This movie could have been a cruise control kind like Murder on a Sunday Morning, but it eases of the history, shows dynamic action in the present, walks you through linearly with suspense and tries hard to make sure the oppressed production gets to tell the whole story. So, for that, 4 stars.

Lee B
Lee B

Great Documentary that takes you deep into the crazy world of New Jersey politics. NJ is one of the most corrupt states in the United States and has been for a long time. You probably can't mow your lawn without a permit in some towns. This film takes place in the largest and also its worst city, Newark, during the 2002 mayor race. The film focuses around Cory Booker's campaign. it really shows you all the ups and downs that he had to go through to get where he is today. To get a little politcal, Cory Booker has really turned around Newark and brought life back into a city that looked to never survive again. I love Obama, but later on history might show that Booker was really the chosen one. This would be a great time to make a Star Wars Reference, like Booker is Luke and Obama is.....well lets hope Obama doesn't turn to be that guy.

Keith Munley
Keith Munley

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A well spun, if moralized and occasionally amateur, tale on the inequities of city-level politiking. The films subject matter is engaging, and is more than enough to carry the film, and this is lucky, because the actual skill behind the documentary is lackluster, however honest and diligent it may be.

Daniel Hetteix
Daniel Hetteix

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