What viewers will most clearly remember long after the screen goes dark is Redford’s sympathetic portrayal of a good man seduced by the mere prospect of power. -- Time
This timely portrait follows the fictional senate campaign of Bill McKay (Robert Redford), a young, passionate, and photogenic leftist who believes in “A Better Way.” Shot on location with political correspondents playing themselves and real politicians interacting with Redford’s fictional campaign, The Candidate feels more like a political documentary than a fictional film. Acting as a condemnation of the media’s role in the careful cultivation of politicians’ images, The Candidate depicts the tragic transformation of idealism turned political doublespeak. 1972, 35mm, 110 minutes.
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