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A Perfect Candidate (1996)

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 overview, first billed only:
Don Baker ...
Himself - Washington Post
Mark Goodin ...
Himself - North Campaign Senior Strategist
Mark Merritt ...
Himself - Communications Director
Peter Baker ...
Himself
Glen Bolger ...
Himself
Floyd Brown ...
Himself
Tim Carpenter ...
Himself
...
Himself
J. Marshall Coleman ...
Himself (as Marshall Coleman)
David Demasters ...
Himself (as Dr. David Demasters)
Warren Fiske ...
Himself
Mike Gooding ...
Himself - Reporter
David Jacobsen ...
Himself - Former Hostage
Laurie Kellman ...
Herself
David Lerman ...
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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Minority voter: You gotta decide what you wanta vote for, the flu or the measles.
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Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
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A Look Back At What Was
12 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

The election was 1994, the film was made in 1996, and I watched it in 2013. As I could not vote until 1999 and am not from Virginia, this story is a little bit foreign to me. Of course I know who Oliver North is. Even those who do not know what Iran-Contra was have at least heard of it. The scandal has haunted and will continue to haunt North, and was a good part of why he did not make it to the Senate (though he did better than you might think).

The film works as a look back at politics and campaigns in the 1990s, and how they have changed. Even more interesting is how since this setback, North went on to reinvent himself (again) as a news commentator.


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