Series/Themes: zFeatured, zSocial & Political Issues, zSpecial Guests
Genre: Classics, Comedy, Drama
Film Year: 1972
Film Length: 110 min.
Director: Michael Ritchie
Featuring: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter, Allen Garfield.
Political operative Marvin Lucas persuades a young lawyer and son of a former governor, Bill McKay, to run for U.S. Senate. Opposing veteran Republican U.S. Senator Crocker Jamon, the inexperienced and idealistic Democratic candidate views the campaign primarily as an opportunity to promote awareness of vital issues. As Lucas implements strategies that enhance McKay’s popularity, the reluctant Senate contender must decide whether or not to compromise his integrity to win. The film’s emphasis on the importance of perception and image in political campaigns holds lasting relevance in today’s media-saturated society. Discussion with Ben Mankiewicz and Paul Begala, moderated by Tom Walls (Sorensen Institute)
Presented by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at UVA
Other : St. Anne’s-Belfield