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Senator Sam Hastings, Ohio
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Claire Hastings
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Wallace Furman, New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidate
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Governor Andrea Stannard, Washington
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Jerome Cade, Ohio Senatorial Candidate
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Irene Furman
Polly Rowles ...
Lucille DeWitt
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Phillip Aarons, Independent Ohio Senatorial Candidate
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Omar Torres ...
Roberto Cepeda, Presidential Candidate
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Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the man destined to succeed him, unknown and mysterious businessman Jerome Cade. In parallel and unaware of the potential dangers, he proceeds to unravel the mystery surrounding Hastings dropping out with the aide of his ex-wife, a prominent Washington-based journalist. But interests more powerful than local arm wrestling are at stake and things start getting awry. Written by Jaber <_Jaber_@yahoo.com>

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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$3,800,000 (USA)
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Writer David Himmelstein said that one day, he saw a row of television monitors playing political commercials for different candidates. He said the spots all looked the same to him, so he did research to find out why and what he discovered he put into the script. See more »

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Arnold Billings: [about Pete and Ellen, slamming phone down] They are now in his room fucking.
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Sing, Sing, Sing
Written by Louis Prima
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Courtesy of RCA Records
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See "The Candidate"
6 May 2005 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone involved (and the audience) should seek out "The Candidate" to see how good this movie could have been. What happened the South American story? What were Julie Christie and Kate Capshaw thinking to allow their roles to be cardboard cut-outs. Up to now I have liked every Gene Hackman performance and/or movie. He was either disinterested (which I can hardly believe) or dreadfully miscast. I have also liked and defended Richard Gere (and been vilified for it). But here he had no "power". He was never intimidating and only occasionally persuasive. All in all I was very disappointed. I really expected much more from this director and cast. If you can't find "The Candidate" watch "Wag the dog" again or even "Bulworth".


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