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Street Fight (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 April 2005 (USA)
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This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which a City Councilman, Cory Booker, attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James.

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Marshall Curry

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Marshall Curry
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jen Bluestein Jen Bluestein ... Herself
Cory Booker ... Himself
Bill Bradley ... Himself
Chris Christie ... Himself (as Gov. Chris Christie)
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Pablo Fonseca Pablo Fonseca ... Himself
Sharpe James Sharpe James ... Himself
Spike Lee ... Himself
Jim McGreevey Jim McGreevey ... Himself
Al Sharpton ... Himself
Cornel West ... Himself
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This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which a City Councilman, Cory Booker, attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James.

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In Newark, N.J., elections are won and lost in the streets.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

23 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Briga de Rua See more »

Filming Locations:

Montclair, New Jersey, USA See more »

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The film ends with Cory Booker planning his run for mayor in 2006 and Sharpe James still undecided as to whether he will run for re-election. As it turns out, James decided to retire and Booker won the 2006 election. In 2008, James was convicted of five counts of fraud by a federal jury and was sentenced to 27 months in prison. See more »

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13 February 2006 | by trent_merchantSee all my reviews

Curry's unvarnished style and long sequences enhance the real life drama as he allows the story to unfold in front of us instead of manufacturing the drama by clever editing. Shot with a hand held camera and edited on a Mac, Curry the film-maker mirrors the determination and resolve of his main subject, political challenger Cory Booker.

Repeated confrontations in the film make it clear that Curry had an opportunity to make himself the focus of a compelling side story, but he removes his ego completely. He only inserts himself as an occasional off-camera participant whose voice serves as a traditional chorus uttering simple, yet poignant reminders of what is at stake beyond the specific election he is covering. Like his presence in the film, Curry's voice-over narration is also sparse, yet effective. He sticks to open-ended observations and realizations, without ever crossing the line to offer value judgments.

With its simplicity, small cast including chorus, and theme of family torn asunder, it is not unlike Greek tragedy...


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