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The Candidate (1972)

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

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Klein
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Californian lawyer Bill McKay fights for the little man. His charisma and integrity get him noticed by the Democratic Party machine and he is persuaded to run for the Senate against an apparently unassailable incumbent. It's agreed he can handle it his own way, on his own terms. But once he's in the race and his prospects begin to improve, the deal starts to change. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Too Handsome. Too Young. Too Liberal. Doesn't have a chance. He's PERFECT! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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11 August 1972 (Ireland)  »

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El candidato  »

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Trivia

A prop campaign button from this film is on display at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History in Washington. It is on display with several authentic campaign buttons. See more »

Goofs

When McKay is laying on the couch with the cup, his arm and head changes position between camera shots. See more »

Quotes

Bill McKay: So vote once, vote tuh-wice, for Bill McKay... you middle-class honkies.
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Referenced in Hang Time: The Candidate (1995) See more »

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Just a Friend
Music by John Rubinstein
Lyrics by David Colloff
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Film for all would be candidates to view
26 March 2002 | by (Chicago USA) – See all my reviews

Anyone thinking of running for public office should view this film. It is primer on how to win a race. Roman Pucinski when he ran for the U.S. Senate in Illinois in 1972 required his staff to view this film. Redford was the candidate we all hope would serve our state. This film should be shown before every election.It has a timeless message


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