Since this film is a satire on politics circa 1972, many of the issues addressed in this film have actually gotten much worse. For instance the "attack ads" portrayed in this film are tame in comparison to todays standards. Also, a few of the political issues are a bit out of date. Aside from that, "The Candidate" 30 years later still holds up. Showing how even a man of deep convictions struggles with the insanity of political sound bytes, 30 sec. commercials, instant polls, theatrical televised debates and wishy-washy swing voters. After viewing this film, my optimism for the future of politics was damaged, as I realized how deep the problems that TV bring to the table actually are.
Excellent cinematography, acting and screenplay! I highly recommend this film for anyone who loves or hates politics. It goes right up there with Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog", as a film that should be required viewing in high school government class.