Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Jeremy Larner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Bill McKay
Peter Boyle ... Marvin Lucas
Melvyn Douglas ... John J. McKay
Don Porter ... Senator Crocker Jarmon
Allen Garfield ... Klein
Karen Carlson ... Nancy McKay
Quinn K. Redeker ... Rick Jenkin (as Quinn Redeker)
Morgan Upton ... Wally Henderson
Michael Lerner ... Paul Corliss
Kenneth Tobey ... Floyd J. Starkey
Christopher Pray Christopher Pray ... David (as Chris Prey)
Joe Miksak Joe Miksak ... Neil Atkinson
Jenny Sullivan ... Lynn
Tom Dahlgren ... Pilot
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Station Manager
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Storyline

Californian lawyer Bill McKay fights for the little man. His charisma and integrity get him noticed by the Democratic Party machine and he is persuaded to run for the Senate against an apparently unassailable incumbent. It's agreed he can handle it his own way, on his own terms. But once he's in the race and his prospects begin to improve, the deal starts to change. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Too Handsome. Too Young. Too Liberal. Doesn't have a chance. He's PERFECT! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Groucho Marx has an uncredited walk-on cameo in what would be his last screen appearance. See more »

Goofs

On election night, the television announcer says they will be shifting to their correspondent at McKay headquarters at the "Regency Hyatt" (sic) hotel, but later when McKay is escaping the crowds in the hotel, he rides in an elevator with a busboy. The busboy's uniform has the name 'Fairmont" on the front. See more »

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Dinner MC: [Introducing McKay to fund-raiser dinner audience] Seriously folks, you better watch your step when he comes out here because he's a man who shoots from the hip and a man who's hip when he shoots. Join me in welcoming Bill McKay!
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Referenced in Harry and the Hendersons: The Candidate (1992) See more »

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Just a Friend
Music by John Rubinstein
Lyrics by David Colloff
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Timeless political comedy with bite.
25 October 2002 | by jckruizeSee all my reviews

Unobtrusive, documentary-style direction by the underrated Michael Ritchie lends verisimilitude to Jeremy Larner's witty (Oscar-winning) script. It feels like you're really on the campaign trail with a "pretty-boy" senatorial candidate (played with typically effortless charm by Robert Redford), who can barely keep up with a platform being built on the fly and the relentless media blitz that dogs him every step. Events move swiftly to their inevitable, ironic conclusion, highlighted by one of the best closing lines in cinema history.

Terrific support is provided by character actors Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Melvyn Douglas and others, plus a host of cameos by real politicians of the era such as Alan Cranston and Hubert Humphrey. If you want an idea how modern American politics works, this is still a pretty good primer.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1972 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Candidate See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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