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The Candidate (1972)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 August 1972 (France)
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Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

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Marvin Lucas
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John J. McKay
Don Porter ...
Senator Crocker Jarmon
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Klein
Karen Carlson ...
Nancy McKay
Quinn K. Redeker ...
Rick Jenkin (as Quinn Redeker)
Morgan Upton ...
Wally Henderson
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Paul Corliss
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Floyd J. Starkey
Christopher Pray ...
David (as Chris Prey)
Joe Miksak ...
Neil Atkinson
Jenny Sullivan ...
Lynn
Tom Dahlgren ...
Pilot
Gerald Hiken ...
Station Manager
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Californian lawyer Bill McKay fights for the little man. His charisma and integrity get him noticed by the Democratic Party machine and he is persuaded to run for the Senate against an apparently unassailable incumbent. It's agreed he can handle it his own way, on his own terms. But once he's in the race and his prospects begin to improve, the deal starts to change. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Nothing matters more than winning. Not even what you believe in. See more »

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23 August 1972 (France)  »

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El candidato  »

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Trivia

"The Candidate" was one of a handful of 1972 Warner Bros. releases to feature a rare, short-lived version of the WB shield logo, with a solid blue background and "A Warner Communications Company" tagline (WCI had just become Warners' parent company, but the familiar '70s era "abstract W" logo had not yet been designed). "Deliverance" was the only other high-profile WB movie to use this logo. See more »

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The red convertible driven by Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle) has three different license plates during the opening credits: "677 EIY", "185 ENV", and "772 DYD". All are from the 1972 era in California. See more »

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Bill McKay: So vote once, vote tuh-wice, for Bill McKay... you middle-class honkies.
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Film for all would be candidates to view
26 March 2002 | by (Chicago USA) – See all my reviews

Anyone thinking of running for public office should view this film. It is primer on how to win a race. Roman Pucinski when he ran for the U.S. Senate in Illinois in 1972 required his staff to view this film. Redford was the candidate we all hope would serve our state. This film should be shown before every election.It has a timeless message


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