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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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Senator Crocker Jarmon
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Klein
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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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Lynn
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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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Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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11 August 1972 (Ireland)  »

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El candidato  »

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The role of Senator Crocker Jarmon was originally offered to James Stewart, who turned the part down because he felt it was derogatory towards conservative politicians. See more »

Goofs

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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Lucas: You're the Democratic nominee!
Bill McKay: You make it sound like a death sentence.
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Featured in Huckabee: Episode dated 30 October 2010 (2010) See more »

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A Better Way
Music by John Rubinstein
Lyrics by David Colloff
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Film for all would be candidates to view
26 March 2002 | by 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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