We thought two days after our nationwide election, this would be a good choice to remind us that politics haven’t really changed in the last half century.
Robert Redford stars in this gritty, documentary-like tale of an idealistic, young attorney whose high standards are soiled by his run for political office. Having seen all the dirt in politics as a young man -- his father (Melvyn Douglas) was once governor of California -- Redford's Bill McKay has no interest in getting into the game himself. But a political operative named Luck (Peter Boyle) taps McKay to run against a seemingly undefeatable incumbent. McKay reluctantly agrees, but only if he is allowed to say exactly what he wants. As his candor causes his popularity to rise, the stakes become greater for McKay and the pressure to sell out grows.
Jeremy Larner's adapted screenplay won an Academy Award and Redford delivers one of his best performances in a movie that, when viewed in the age of soundbite-and-poll-driven politicians, seems more timely than ever – it was made 47 years ago, back when many of us were in high school.
Bring the date you saw it with way back then! Or the one you wish you were with!
Your $10 ticket gets you this fine film, a glass of wine and a Kiss!
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