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 <email@example.com>
Too Handsome. Too Young. Too Liberal. Doesn't have a chance. He's PERFECT!
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Did You Know?
"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
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
Did you really run your own campaigns?
John J. McKay
Why, shit yes, what do you take me for?
Referenced in Boston Legal: Truth Be Told