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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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Wally Henderson
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Paul Corliss
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Tom Dahlgren ...
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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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11 August 1972 (Ireland)  »

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Robert Redford originated the project and personally hired Michael Ritchie to direct it as he had worked as a technical adviser on various political campaigns. See more »

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When watching the anti-McKay op-ed on TV his assistant wearing glasses puts his chin on his right hand but then the shot from the front shows it with his left hand. 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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Featured in The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller (2001) See more »

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A Better Way
Music by John Rubinstein
Lyrics by David Colloff
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Timeless political comedy with bite.
25 October 2002 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

Unobtrusive, documentary-style direction by the underrated Michael Ritchie lends verisimilitude to Jeremy Larner's witty (Oscar-winning) script. It feels like you're really on the campaign trail with a "pretty-boy" senatorial candidate (played with typically effortless charm by Robert Redford), who can barely keep up with a platform being built on the fly and the relentless media blitz that dogs him every step. Events move swiftly to their inevitable, ironic conclusion, highlighted by one of the best closing lines in cinema history.

Terrific support is provided by character actors Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Melvyn Douglas and others, plus a host of cameos by real politicians of the era such as Alan Cranston and Hubert Humphrey. If you want an idea how modern American politics works, this is still a pretty good primer.


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