The Candidate

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Redford-Ritchie Productions and Wildwood Enterprises Released 1972

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Director:
Michael Ritchie
Released:
1972
Rating:
PG

The Candidate is a 1972 political comedy starring Robert Redford as an anti-establishment candidate running for the Senate. Attorney Bill McKay (Robert Redford) fights for the little guy in his progressive California practice. He receives an unexpected visit from political powerbroker Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle) who wants McKay to run for the Senate. Since everyone expects the incumbent Republican, Senator Crocker Jarmon (Don Porter), to easily win, McKay would be free to air progressive ideas of his choosing. The idealistic McKay agrees with hopes of educating the public on alternative ideas, while Lucas calculates how McKay's good looks and natural charisma may win the Democrats a Senate seat. Along the political trail, McKay quickly begins to learn the difference between political ideals and realities, and discovers his own enjoyment of the spotlight. Directed by Michael Ritchie ("The Bad News Bears"),

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Satire, Politics