The Candidate (1972)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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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.




  • Robert Redford in The Candidate (1972)
  • Robert Redford in The Candidate (1972)
  • Robert Redford in The Candidate (1972)
  • Robert Redford in The Candidate (1972)
  • Robert Redford in The Candidate (1972)
  • Robert Redford and Karen Carlson in The Candidate (1972)

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Cast & Crew

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Michael Ritchie


Jeremy Larner

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Did You Know?


Robert Redford and Michael Ritchie had recently worked together on Downhill Racer (1969), when they approached Jeremy Larner together wanting to make a movie about "a candidate who sold his soul." According to Larner: "Warners would not have financed the film were not Redford willing to take responsibility for ... ...


Jaime: This thing you call politics? Politics is bullshit.
Lucas: I was wondering what it was.


After watching his commercial previews, Bill is laying on his couch watching TV. Between the close-up and far shots his head moves from the arm rest to the back cushion and his right arm changes position on his head.


Plot Summary


Comedy | Drama

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