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  (in credits order)
Don Baker ... Himself - Washington Post
Mark Goodin ... Himself - North Campaign Senior Strategist
Mark Merritt ... Himself - Communications Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Clinton ... Himself
J. Marshall Coleman ... Himself (as Marshall Coleman)
David Jacobsen ... Himself - Former Hostage

G. Gordon Liddy ... Himself

Oliver North ... Himself
Susan Platt ... Herself - Robb Campaign Manager
Chuck Robb ... Himself
Mark Walpole ... Himself
Douglas Wilder ... Himself

Directed by
R.J. Cutler 
David Van Taylor 
Produced by
R.J. Cutler .... producer
Dan Partland .... co-producer
Ted Skillman .... co-producer
David Van Taylor .... producer
Cinematography by
Nick Doob  (as Nicholas Doob)
Film Editing by
Mona Davis 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mona Davis .... associate director
Sound Department
Ron S. Herbes .... dialog & adr editor
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
David Van Taylor .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Mednick .... additional camera
Dan Partland .... additional camera
Peter Reniers .... additional camera
Steve Schecter .... additional camera (as Steven Schecter)
Editorial Department
Syndi Pilar .... first assistant editor
Maia Wechsler .... assistant editor
Other crew
Susan Emerling .... researcher
Michael J. Luisi .... legal services (as Michael Luisi)

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105 min
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good but troubling POV, 5 September 2008
Author: Niv-1 from Valley Stream, New York

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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