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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 .... 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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Contract with America, 30 October 2008
Author: RanchoTuVu from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

A Perfect Candidate looks at the 1994 Virginia Senate race between Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb and Republican Oliver North of Iran-Contra fame. Robb was plagued by alleged incidents about his past involving a Playboy model, cocaine, New York hotel rooms, wild parties, etc... and in addition his fellow Democrat and (at the time) political enemy, ex-Governor Douglas Wilder, was also running for the seat. And also under the surface was the national surge of the Republican party which was about to take control of the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1950's. So, Robb should have lost, and why and how he didn't is what this documentary shows us. The fight between Robb's and North's campaigns focused mainly on who could better destroy the other one. Robb's personal lapses contrasted against Norths' lying to Congress and his dealings with numerous questionable figures. He cloaked it all in a patriotic fight against communism, and became a favorite of the extreme right, while alienating more moderate possible supporters. In this documentary, with plenty of footage of the campaign, neither candidate seemed worthy of anyone's vote, with it's footage of Robb dancing around direct questions and claiming he had never told a lie in his life, and North courting the hard right.

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