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The Candidate

Power can corrupt...

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.

Release date August 23, 1972

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

Why is The Candidate rated PG? The MPAA rated The Candidate PG

Run Time: 110 minutes

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The Candidate
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Candidate rated PG? The Candidate is rated PG by the MPAA

Violence: A man speeds down a busy street. A character punches a man in the face. A married couple argues briefly. A man kicks a vending machine and yells at another character.

Sexual Content: Women expose their underwear to get a man’s attention. A scene suggests that a married man is involved in an extramarital affair. Women attempt to kiss a man. A man voices his support for abortions. A woman asks a man to sign her bra-covered chest. A man is seen without his shirt on.

Language: The script contains over two-dozen profanities including scatological slang, terms of Deity and a sexually suggestive expletive used in a non-sexual context.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Frequent alcohol and cigarette use is seen, mostly among secondary characters in a historical setting. A politician shares a beer with young adults on the beach. Characters drink or smoke at home, at work and on the political trail.

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The Candidate
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

The Candidate is directed by Michael Ritchie and stars Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Candidate movie is October 29, 1997. Here are some details…

The Candidate releases to DVD on October 29, 1997.

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