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.
Jeremy Perkins <email@example.com>
Nothing matters more than winning. Not even what you believe in.
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Did You Know?
The Candidate was released a month prior to the 1972 California Presidential primary. Promotional sheets were put up in southern California resembling political posters. They had simply a photo of Robert Redford
, with the slogan, "McKay: The Better Way!" - "McKay" got write-in votes in the June election. See more
The red convertible driven by Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle) has three different license plates during the opening credits: "677 EIY", "185 ENV", and "772 DYD". All are from the 1972 era in California. See more
You're the Democratic nominee!
You make it sound like a death sentence.
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Music by John Rubinstein
Lyrics by David Colloff See more