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Overall B-

Robert Redford plays Bill McKay, a California lawyer who is talked into standing as a Democratic candidate running against an aging Republican incumbent. Without the worry of winning, Bill is aggressively outspoken during the campaign. But when actually getting elected becomes a possibility, he finds his ethics being swayed by the results of opinion polls.

Violence B
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: PG

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The Candidate

What does this film reveal about the political campaign trail? Who proves to be the real power? What voter friendly qualities does Bill McKay have that Marvin Lucas does not? Does Bill become a willing participant in Marvin’s plot?

Why are the Democrats upset when the news anchors begin predicting a Republican win before the voting polls are closed?

How difficult would it be for a politician to avoid the trappings of power and entitlement that seem to come with the role in this movie? Does this script cast an especially negative view of the political machine and the people involved in it? Are all elected people equally susceptible to the negative impact of holding office? What kind of support do upstanding politicians deserve?