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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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Never believe a word they say., 2 January 2002
Author: latherzap from USA

When I was a little kid I used to be in awe when a president's speech was broadcast on TV. I did not watch the speeches (what child would?) but I was struck by a feeling that they were extremely important. Decisions were being set in motion, I thought. So when I grew up I was surprised to realize that all along it had only been a bunch of hot air. This movie is a document of such hot air. A behind the scenes documentary of a '94 Senate race in Virginia, A Perfect Candidate is both funny and depressing. If you have any hope left that your vote counts for something, that optimism may be destroyed after seeing this movie.

It's Oliver North against Chuck Robb. Robb comes off as very dull/awkward. There is an amazing moment when a reporter asks him if he is in favor of replacing striking workers at factories. Robb says his position on that issue has not changed. So you're in favor of strike worker replacement? "No." You're against it? "I did not say that." Robb then offers a reply which completely dodges the question and walks off.

North is a smoother politician, but you still don't trust his smile. He makes the requisite church appearance, endorses Jesus, and tells the people it's such a relief to talk about something besides politics-as if his running for Senator has nothing to do with why he is speaking at this church. I only came here this morning because I'm Christian just like you, he wants them to believe.

We see North tell college students that he never lied to congress. When asked how he feels about the potentially racist implications of flying a Confederate flag, North makes the suspicious claim that he recently saw Robb wearing a Confederate necktie. As this happens a reporter backstage tells a North strategist that this claim sounds fishy, North's helper responds with a shrug. Apparently he's not the least bit disturbed that his candidate may have just told a blatant lie.

There is a lot of footage of North's campaign strategists. At one point we see one person privately admitting that politics only offer entertainment. But "what we are not offering are solutions...not us, not not anybody." It's almost refreshing for somebody to come right out and admit it.

If you are tired of two-faced politicians and their ever-present vague promises of "change", you need to track this movie down. It is honest, and good for a laugh.

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