37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

The Candidate

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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 


Saturday, November 11


4:30 PM


Other : St. Anne’s-Belfield

Film Info

Director: Michael Ritchie

Runtime: 110 min.

Genre: Classics, Comedy, Drama

Year: 1972

Country: USA

Featuring: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter, Allen Garfield.