The Candidate – 1972 – dir. Michael Ritchie
By Paula Delaney
The Candidate is a film that provides the viewer with a window into the background machinations that occur during a political race. Bill McKay, played by Robert Redford, is a young, idealistic and passionate civil rights attorney who finds a great deal of fulfillment in his work helping the disenfranchised. When Marvin Lucas (played by Peter Boyle) enters his life, McKay becomes unwittingly swept up in a campaign for State Senate.