The Candidate

The Candidate

Streaming Video - 1972
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Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars as Bill McKay, an idealistic young activist who agrees to run for elected office, hoping to use the campaign to bring important issues into the public debate. But the truth gets buried as the political process transforms McKay into The Candidate.When McKay's honesty and integrity captivate the electorate's attention, his long-shot candidacy attracts the attention of the party machine, and McKay must decide whether he can effect a greater change as a part of the government ... or retain his integrity and lose.Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Feb 02, 2016

Great movie about the ironies and unpleasant realities of the American political process. Redford is in his youthful prime and he is both winning and cynical as the idealistic Senator-to-be who learns some hard lessons on his way to glory. A commentary track featuring Redford, director Ritchie and screenwriter Larner would be a welcome plus, but alas.

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