The Candidate

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The Candidate - Awards

  • 1972 - Oscar: Best Writing Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced

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The Candidate

Bill McKay (Robert Redford), California Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator, a man of integrity and ideals, will now let the great American political machine manipulate him. Because now he’s got to win. 

The Candidate, directed by Michael Ritchie from an on-target Academy Award – winning Best Original Screenplay (1972) by Jeremy Larner, is all about the packing of today’s office-seeker. Still timely after 40 year, it’s a sharp insider’s view of how admen, press agents, pollsters and media czars converge on election campaigns. Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas and Don Porter co-star in one of the wittiest political movies ever made.