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A Perfect Candidate (1996)

 |  Documentary  |  19 June 1996 (USA)
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The filmmakers follow Oliver North's unsuccessful 1994 bid for a Virginia Senate seat, focusing on North's campaign strategist, Mark Goodin, and a Washington Post reporter. Mudslinging ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Don Baker ...
Himself - Washington Post
Mark Goodin ...
Himself - North Campaign Senior Strategist
Mark Merritt ...
Himself - Communications Director
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Himself
J. Marshall Coleman ...
Himself (as Marshall Coleman)
David Jacobsen ...
Himself - Former Hostage
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Himself
Oliver North ...
Himself
Susan Platt ...
Herself - Robb Campaign Manager
Chuck Robb ...
Himself
Mark Walpole ...
Himself
Douglas Wilder ...
Himself
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The filmmakers follow Oliver North's unsuccessful 1994 bid for a Virginia Senate seat, focusing on North's campaign strategist, Mark Goodin, and a Washington Post reporter. Mudslinging ensues. Written by Mike D'Angelo <mqd8478@is2.nyu.edu>

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Good but troubling POV
5 September 2008 | by (Valley Stream, New York) – See all my reviews

A Perfect Candidate is an interesting and thought provoking documentary on the Senate race between Republican Oliver North (of Iran Contra fame) and scandal tarred incumbent Deomcrat Chuck Robb.

The movie tries to make the case that no matter what your positions are on the issues it is better to vote for someone who is a ideologue than a moderate. It demeans the very notion of someone who may be conservative on some issues and liberal on others. Before that it is a celebration of Oliver North because of his perfect conservatism. When North starts to make mistakes and Robb starts tearing into him the movie becomes more interesting because the filmmakers obviously never thought Robb could win re-election.

The great thing about this documentary is all of the scenes with Douglas Wilder. He was the first black governor of Virginia and ran as an independent in the Senate race for a while. The racial issues explored is the main reason why this is worth getting.


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