The Candidate Movie Review 1972

Information and Film Reviews for The Candidate the Movie

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Realistic, satirical look at politics and political campaigning. Bill McKay (Redford) is a telegenic, idealistic lawyer whose father (Douglas) was once governor of California. Uninterested in politics, Bill is eventually persuaded to run for the Senate against bluff incumbent Jarman (Porter). Bill refuses to follow the party line but discovers the lure of political power when he begins to gain in the polls. Director Ritchie also worked with Redford on "Downhill Racer."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 105 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Satire & Parody, Politics, Vote for Me!, Law & Lawyers
Jeremy Larner
Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Don Porter, Allen (Goorwitz) Garfield, Karen Carlson, Melvyn Douglas, Michael Lerner
John Korty, Victor Kemper
Michael Ritchie
John Rubinstein


Oscars 1972: Story & Screenplay; Writers Guild 1972: Orig. Screenplay.

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