A Perfect Candidate

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Released 1996

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A Perfect Candidate

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Director:
David Van Taylor
Released:
1996
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A Perfect Candidate is a 1996 documentary that covers the 1994 Virginia Senate contest between Republican Oliver North and Democrat Chuck Robb. The film explores the controversial pasts of both men, focusing on North's arrest for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal and Robb's suspected infidelity with former beauty queen Tai Collins. The clips from the past are contrasted with footage from the present where both men travel across Virginia trying to convince people to vote for them. Despite its serious subject matter, A Perfect Candidate often plays like a comedy. Though North and Robb are clearly the subjects of the film, the two men who play the largest role in it are political operative Mark Goodin and journalist Mark Merritt. Through their eyes, the audience sees how a political campaign really works. Goodin has become completely cynical about the very process of getting elected, while Merritt has no faith in either of the candidates. As both men see it, politics is not about governing or helping people. It is about winning.

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