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Candidate, The (1972)
Not Rated – 109 min – Drama
Overall Rating
3.130
Average Critic Score
3.264
658 of 192,059 Movie All Time
74 of 10,590 1970s
9 of 3,438 1972
350 of 38,950 Drama All Time
Ratings and rankings are based on number of movies, review scores, awards & other criteria.

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



Ozus' World Movie Reviews (Dennis Schwartz)

An astute political film about an idealistic liberal lawyer concerned with community grass roots issues. Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is the son of the former legendary political machine-sponsored governor of California, John J. McKay (Melvyn Douglas). ...read the complete Candidate, The review at Ozus' World Movie Reviews (Dennis Schwartz)

filmcritic.com (Christopher Null)

"Politics is bulls**t." Such sentiment, spoken early in the film, sums up The Candidate's position on politics, not to mention my own. Robert Redford plays the title role, a fresh-faced kid and son of a former governer goaded by a group of ...read the complete Candidate, The review at filmcritic.com (Christopher Null)

IMDB.com

"The Candidate" is chock full of details about the political process. When a fire brews in a Californian forest, McKay makes a statement about the environment in a somber manner. When Jarmon arrives, he takes over full force with his charisma and his ...read the complete Candidate, The review at IMDB.com


EXCELLENT POLITICAL FLICK by Steven Travers "AUTHOR"

Robert Redford was behind the entertaining political movie "The Candidate" (1972), which goes a long way towards explaining how the game works. This... read more »

That's my Stepdad!!! by Karen M. Goldsmith "KMG"

In the movie, The Candidate, there is a scene early in the film, during the campaign,under a real San Francisco overcast sky, The Candidate, Robert... read more »

Imagine this - if you can... by Lit Chick

A young lawyer working among the disadvantaged decides to run for national office. Though a neophyte he has style and authencity. Despite his lack... read more »