The Candidate
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Robert Redford stars in this gritty, documentary-like tale of an idealistic, good-natured attorney whose high standards are soiled by his run for political office. Having seen all the dirt in politics as a young man -- his father (Melvyn Douglas) was once governor of California -- Redford's Bill McKay has no interest in getting into the game himself. But a political operative named Luck (Peter Boyle) taps McKay to run against the seemingly undefeatable Senator Crocker Jarmon (Don Porter), a classic gasbag. McKay reluctantly agrees, but only if his father is not involved and he is allowed… 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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