The Candidate (1972)

109 min.
Plot  Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle), a political election specialist, must find a Democratic candidate to oppose California U.S. Senator Crocker Jarmon, a popular Republican. With no big-name Democrat eager to enter the unwinnable race, Lucas seeks out Bill McKay (Robert Redford), the idealistic, charismatic son of former governor John J. McKay (Melvyn Douglas).

Lucas gives McKay a proposition: since Jarmon cannot lose and the race is already decided, McKay is free to campaign saying exactly what he wants. McKay accepts in order to have the chance to spread his values, and hits the trail. With no serious Democratic opposition, McKay cruises to the nomination on his name alone. Lucas then has distressing news: according to the latest election projections, McKay will be defeated by an overwhelming margin. Lucas says the party expected McKay to lose but not to be humiliated, so he moderates his message to appeal to a broader range of voters.

McKay campaigns across the state, his ...



Robert Redford
Bill McKay
Peter Boyle
Marvin Lucas
Melvyn Douglas
Former California Governor John J. McKay
Allen Garfield
Howard Klein
Michael Lerner
Paul Corliss
Kenneth Tobey
Floyd J. Starkey
Natalie Wood


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The Candidate
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United States




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