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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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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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Bill McKay: What do we do now?
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Just a Friend
Music by John Rubinstein
Lyrics by David Colloff
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A must for cynics
1 November 1999 | by (Laurel, MD) – See all my reviews

Robert Redford, the idealistic son of a former party machine governor, gets encouraged into running for the U.S. Senate by a coterie of professional handlers. Fascinating film, alternately satiric, cynical, subtle, and ironic. Shot mostly in a documentary style. A must for cynics and/or political junkies; others won't care. A good performance by Redford is complimented by fine work by Boyle and Garfield. Douglas is also great as the candidate's father. One of filmdom's classic closing lines. 2 stars of 4 on a tough scale.


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