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Cinematical Seven: Most Memorable Campaigners

4 November 2008 7:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Tonight (we hope), the longest and hardest-fought Presidential campaign in recent memory finally comes to a close. To celebrate, we've assembled a list of the seven most memorable political campaign workers in the past 50 years of movies. We've got office staff members, campaign managers, and the candidates themselves, each one giving their all in the most important campaign of their lives.

1. Robert Redford, The Candidate

Redford plays activist and staunch idealist Bill McKay, son of the former governor of California, who reluctantly enters the race for Senator with little chance of winning, all so he can speak out honestly on "the issues." As his popularity and support grows, so do the temptations and pressures to compromise his beliefs. My favorite scene comes deep in the campaign when McKay goes a little nuts in the back seat of a car speeding to a TV station. Repeating his slogan over and over, »

- Peter Martin

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1 Day to the Election Movie Watch - "The Candidate"

3 November 2008 9:00 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Up until Election Day on November 4th, we'll be taking a look at one movie every day that involves an election, which gives us seven great political movies to discuss. With only 1 more day to go, it's time for the last entry in our list! The Candidate (1972) I saved this movie for last, because out of the seven movies we’ve looked at, I believe that this one applies to the current election the most. Written by former Eugene McCarthy screenwriter Jeremy Larner, this Oscar-winning film charts the progress of an unlikely candidate seeking a seat in the Senate. Robert Redford stars as Bill McKay, a California lawyer fighting for liberal causes who originally has no interest in a political career. An election specialist (Peter Boyle), believing that McKay has the right looks to be elected Senator, seeks him out and tells him that Democrats won’t win against long-time »

- Arya Ponto

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