- Original title
- Running time
- 109 min.
- United States
Victor J. Kemper, John Korty
Warner Bros. Pictures
Drama | Politics
- Synopsis / Plot
- Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is an idealistic young lawyer and son of a famous governor who is pressured into running for the United States Senate against the popular incumbent, with the assurance that he will lose and not have to give up his integrity or ideals. However, as the campaign deepens, he finds himself giving in and allowing himself to be manipulated as the polls slowly change and swing in his favor. Soon his backers decide that they want him to win after all. By the time Election Day arrives, McKay has become the exact person that he used to speak so vehemently against.
Michael Ritchie once again shows his impressive ability to tackle new genres, after DOWNHILL RACER and PRIME CUT, with THE CANDIDATE, a scathing depiction of the hypocrisy and complexity within the American political world
: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Drama Screenplay
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