The Candidate
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"What do we do now?" Director Michael Ritchie and executive producer/star Robert Redford satirically explore the machinations and manipulations of media-age political campaigns in this cynical political drama. Rumpled left-wing California lawyer Bill McKay (Redford), the son of a former governor (Melvyn Douglas), is enlisted by campaign maestro Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle) to challenge Republican incumbent Crocker Jarmon (Don Porter) for his Senate seat. McKay agrees, but only if he can say exactly what he thinks. That approach is all well and good when McKay does not seem to have a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"Redford fancies himself so superior to the electoral process that he ends up with a completely fatuous characterization of a politician."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Village Voice
"Reveals the hollow center of a campaign manipulated by media mercenaries and political Machiavellis who value victory over integrity and substantive moral issues."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Good early intro to the political machinery behind the candidates, where the emphasis is clearly only focused on winning"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"This Hollywood film has passed the test of time and is still a good watch, especially, during an election year."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The first and arguably the sharpest expose of the new media-determined American political process, The Candidate offers producer-star Redford one of his strongest dramatic roles; Michael Ritchei's 1972 cautionary tale became prophetic in its message"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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