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A Perfect Candidate (1996)

A Perfect Candidate (1996)

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Set in 1994 during the Virginia Senate race between Oliver North and Charles Robb, this documentary explores the dark side of the campaign trail to offer a rather cynical view of the state of democracy by showing how neither candidate possesses the sterling moral qualities so coveted by the voting public. North, a notorious slick-talking lieutenant-colonel who was embroiled in an arms scandal during the late '80s and managed to come out reborn as a politician, is the primary focus of the film that allows the viewer to see both the public campaigns and the underhanded behind-closed-door tactics employed by both candidates. To underscore the action, the filmmakers also provide interviews with notable insiders who find the whole farcical process an source of unending disillusionment.
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NR
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Seventh Art Releasing

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Critic Reviews for A Perfect Candidate

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

What fun it is to watch.

Full Review… | April 15, 2002
Washington Post
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Shrewd, involving

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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A fine, trenchant political documentary on a par with The War Room

January 1, 2000
New York Times
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The film fails as a portrait of a man. But as an insider's look at a Senate campaign, it holds interest.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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One of a small handful of essential films about politics in this country.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Personalities are being sold, not parties or philosophies, and A Perfect Candidate makes that process even more interesting because one candidate, Robb, apparently has no personality at all, while the other, North, has two.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for A Perfect Candidate

'A Perfect Candidate' is the political documentary Michael Moore will aspire to make for his entire career and will probably never match. This documentary is easily the most honest portrayal of what politics have turned into in America today, that i have seen. Chuck Robb is absolutely clueless. The scene of him wondering a grocery store for people to meet is the definition of socially retarded. Oliver North is unbelievably creepy. I wouldn't go as far as calling him a modern day, non-violent Daniel Plainview but that is pretty close. Mark Goodwin talking about political strategy throughout is brutally depressing. Required viewing for everyone who votes in the United States.

Paul Pastoor
Paul Pastoor

'A Perfect Candidate' is the political documentary Michael Moore will aspire to make for his entire career and will probably never match. This documentary is easily the most honest portrayal of what politics have turned into in America today, that i have seen. Chuck Robb is absolutely clueless. The scene of him wondering a grocery store for people to meet is the definition of socially retarded. Oliver North is unbelievably creepy. I wouldn't go as far as calling him a modern day, non-violent Daniel Plainview but that is pretty close. Mark Goodwin talking about political strategy throughout is brutally depressing. Required viewing for everyone who votes in the United States.

Paul Pastoor
Paul Pastoor
½

It was 1am in the morning and I had just learned of Netflix's unlimited online downloads, so I checked this film out about Ollie North's unsuccessful Senate bid in 1994. It was a fascinating film for us political junkies. What was eerie though was that I feel like North was the Republican parties first attempt at a Bush-type candidate to win over evangelicals - the folksy, simple, born-again, patriotic, freedom-loving, compassionate, white guy who can seduce potential voters with a wink of an eye. Too bad he is the exact opposite of that - most notably a main criminal participant of the Iran-Contra scandal...oops. North's campaign manager in the film did make a good point though, that elections are all about dividing people while securing your base of voters, while governing is about uniting people and that disconnect makes for some sleezy, negative campaigns and some ineffective politicians. Anyone who likes politics and campaigns should watch this film.

Daryn Cambridge
Daryn Cambridge

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