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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Michael Ritchie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FL79PS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,131 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This documentary-style political drama features Robert Redford as Bill McKay, an idealistic attorney who reluctantly stands for Senate. On the understanding that neither his ex-governor father (Melvyn Douglas) nor the party machine will interfere, McKay runs a refreshingly honest campaign that sees him closing in on the state's present encumbent (Don Porter). However, the temptation to sell out is ever present in the world of politics and McKay finds his worthy stance being challenged from every corner. Director Michael Ritchie and Oscar-winning writer Jeremy Larner based their film on real-life experiences of political campaigning during the sixties.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By matt1971 on 17 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
I will give the dvd five stars on the basis of the quality of the film. It deserves nothing less. But I just wish under the radar classics like this film would not only get the recognition they deserve but also offer up some extras on the dvd package. It would be fascinating to hear Robert Redfords thoughts on one of his most personal and favourite films. That said, I believe The Candidate is a fantastic film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 9 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Candidate with Robert Redford concerns itself with the basis on which the American masses looks to their political candidates. It does this through the lawyer Bill McKay (Robert Redford), who is asked to run for US Senate for California running. A hopeless candidate who runs against an experienced oldtimer, only to find that that situation allows him to do things his way and not the "good ol' fashioned way". Along the way he is faced with the typical battle between victory vs. conscience.

The Candidate is an entertaining, funny, witty and clever film with a strong performance by the young Robert Redford. If you like hard hitting comments on todays society than this little gem is definitely for you.

Enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Maloney on 21 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
Political movies can come across as overly stuffy. That said having watched Charlie Wilson's war and now this lately on TCM I'm beginning to take a liking to the genre. Part satire, part drama Robert Redford once again doesn't dissappoint in a brilliantly written movie. An oscar winning screenplay for a previous scriptwriter of a senator no less, the film offers a insiders view of contemporary politics and the nature of the beast.

Now I've read alot of reviews which say the overall message and tone for the movie is cyncical but I seem like the only one anywhere who took a positive message from the movie.

Long story short, Billy McCay is a passionate environmentalist lawyer who becomes railroaded into campaigning for a senatorial seat against a stuffy, almost stereotypical republican douche. During the campaign his values become compromised into oblivion and cheap slogans...

I don't want to ruin the story but am I wrong in saying the whole point in being elected to represent the people always carries an inheent risk of compromising your values? McCay's character comes across as more tired from campaigning than cynical and a father son reuniting on the political trail was heartwarming.

I don't know how you will interepret the movie but I enjoyed it immensely. Its like a train that gets faster and faster and Redford carries everyone through to a fine result. 9/10
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By W. Leitch on 4 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
As previous reviewers have noted this film is presented bare-bones. However, if you haven't seen this movie, I'd still recommend picking it up, especially if you're a fan of New Hollywood and in particular, Robert Altman. However, it's not just film buffs who'll like the film, the Oscar-winning script was written by an ex-Political aide who'd been mentored by screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown) and this authentic nature is carried over into the documentary-style camerawork and natural performances.

But what separates The Candidate from the batch of Paranoid Political Drama's of the time (many of which starred Redford) is that instead of concentrating on a conspiracy theory, clear-eyed it looks at the machinations behind the making and breaking of a Political campaign. Redford is an idealist chosen to run for the White House by a Democratic team who is convinced that because of his inexperience they can shape his Policies. Redford's characters initially starts with a environmentally-friendly themed campaign, but as the movie plays, a lot of the drama comes from the compromises as his ideas are watered down and overtures of a face-to-face with his Politically-illustrious Father. There are moments of humour and timely scope such as the importance of Grass-roots campaigning and the power the media hold in shaping image.

Loose comparison's can be made to the historic 2008 election with Barack Obama and John McCain running (in The Candidate, to Redford's younger, charismatic Bill McKay is his opponent, more experienced and not a million miles away from McCain), and this is what brings a lot of fascination to the film with Obama even stating it's one of his favourites.

The climax is a stunning moment, with the final moments sure to stay in the viewer's memory. Rank it alongside 'All the President's Men' and the HBO TV movie 'Recount' for electrifying Political viewing.
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When this movie first appeared,I thought it was very enjoyable,still is in fact,but that it was a little far fetched,and described a very unlikely scenario.,where a good looking,intelligent,inexperienced but ambitious diletante,could be "stage Managed" and "programmed" into gaining the position of a National Leader,surely the epitome of style over substance!.
Since then,events have proved me very wrong,and at more than one level.too,Not only have we seen such people assume ultimate power and make a mess of things,,we have also seen unintelligent,ugly,devious,stupid,inexperienced,people make an even worse mess,from which it is highly unlikely the world will ever dig itself out.!
Highly recommended for those who want to know how it's done.perception proves to be everything-or nearly everything anyway-and as often happens in a Robert Redford movie,the punch line is all in the last sentence, uttered at the close!
Buy it,and enjoy,worth every penny!
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