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The Candidate (1972)

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
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Senator Crocker Jarmon
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Klein
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Nancy McKay
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Rick Jenkin (as Quinn Redeker)
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Neil Atkinson
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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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Too Handsome. Too Young. Too Liberal. Doesn't have a chance. He's PERFECT! See more »

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11 August 1972 (Ireland)  »

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A prop campaign button from this film is on display at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History in Washington. It is on display with several authentic campaign buttons. 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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Floyd J. Starkey: I think you'll find we have a lot in common.
Bill McKay: I don't think we have shit in common.
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Music by John Rubinstein
Lyrics by David Colloff
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Like they say, it's all about politics.
5 December 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Redford plays idealistic senate candidate Bill McKay. He's mainly running to bring certain political issues into the open, although he never actually plans to win. But as time goes by, he realizes that whether or not he wins, he might not be able to hold on to his values.

"The Candidate" is one of the many great movies about the world of politics. It holds up as well today as it did in 1972 (maybe even better). Redford gives a solid performance, as does Peter Boyle as campaign manager Marvin Lucas. One of the most insightful scenes is the debate between McKay and his opponent about the issues. A great movie in every way. Look for appearances by Natalie Wood, Groucho Marx, and Howard K. Smith.


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