The Candidate


The Candidate Review

"Politics is bullshit."

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 campaign strategists (namely Peter Boyle) into running against an "unbeatable" Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate. With nothing to lose, he starts off by running the campaign by his conscience and the seat of his pants, but eventually it all gets away from him as the machine takes over. Much like Network, this satire on an American institution continues to gain relevance instead of lose it. The scene of Redford finally losing his mind stands as one of cinema's most classic moments. Plenty of one-liner gems only add to the majesty of the film.

Facts and Figures

Run time: 110 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 23rd August 1972

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Redford-Ritchie Productions, Warner Bros.

Reviews 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 18 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Bill McKay, as Marvin Lucas, as John J. McKay, as Senator Crocker Jarmon, as Klein, as Nancy McKay, Quinn K. Redeker as Rick Jenkin (as Quinn Redeker), Morgan Upton as Wally Henderson, as Paul Corliss