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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The subplot about Bill having an affair with one of his staffers was more prominent in Jeremy Larner's original screenplay. Redford objected, thinking it made Bill look bad, so it's just subtly hinted at, with a couple ChekhovsGunman appearances by her earlier in the film and the hallway scene.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The subplot about Bill having an affair with one of his staffers was more prominent in Jeremy Larner's original screenplay. Redford objected, thinking it made Bill look bad, so it's just subtly hinted at, with a couple ChekhovsGunman appearances by her earlier GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the film and future, please check the hallway scene.trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The subplot about Bill having an affair with one of his staffers was more prominent in Jeremy Larner's original screenplay. Redford objected, thinking it made Bill look bad, so it's just subtly hinted at, with a couple ChekhovsGunman appearances by her earlier in the film and the hallway scene mentioned below in YourCheatingHeart.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The subplot about Bill having an affair with one of his staffers was more prominent in Jeremy Larner's original screenplay. Redford objected, thinking it made Bill look bad, so it's just subtly hinted at, with a couple ChekhovsGunman appearances by her earlier in the film and the hallway scene mentioned below in YourCheatingHeart.scene.



* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: As a stunned Bill sits among his euphoric campaign staff on Election Night, his dad sits down next to him. John [=McKay=] flashes a wolfish grin and says "You're a poltician now." Bill's look of horror speaks volumes.
* YourCheatingHeart: One shot, of a pretty young campaign worker leaving a hotel room, followed by Bill as he buttons up his suit, implies that Bill is cheating on his wife. This is never followed up on.
** In the scene just prior, Bill is running late for a meeting with his father. When one of the staffers suggests he was held up in traffic, another blurts out that she saw him at the hotel. This prompts the senior [=McKay=] to remark with a smirk, "There are some things more important than an election."
** Earlier in the film, [=McKay=] walks in on his wife meeting with a professional photographer. The photographer flat-out admits that he's having an affair with Nancy, which she doesn't deny.

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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: As a stunned Bill sits among his euphoric campaign staff on Election Night, his dad sits down next to him. John [=McKay=] flashes a wolfish grin and says "You're a poltician now." Bill's look of horror speaks volumes.
* YourCheatingHeart: One shot, of a pretty young campaign worker leaving a hotel room, followed by Bill as he buttons up his suit, implies that Bill is cheating on his wife. This is never followed up on.
** In the scene just prior, Bill is running late for a meeting with his father. When one of the staffers suggests he was held up in traffic, another blurts out that she saw him at the hotel. This prompts the senior [=McKay=] to remark with a smirk, "There are some things more important than an election."
** Earlier in the film, [=McKay=] walks in on his wife meeting with a professional photographer. The photographer flat-out admits that he's having an affair with Nancy, which she doesn't deny.
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** Can it really be a coincidence that this film, about a rising young California Democratic Party star who is the son of a former Democratic governor, was made in 1972? When Jerry Brown, son of former Democratic governor Pat Brown, was a rising young California Democratic Party star? (Jerry Brown was elected as governor in 1974 and 1978...[[SequelGap and 2010 and 2014]].)

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** Can it really be a coincidence that this film, about a rising young California Democratic Party star who is the son of a former Democratic governor, was made in 1972? When Jerry Brown, son of former Democratic governor Pat Brown, was a rising young California Democratic Party star? (Jerry Brown was elected as governor in 1974 and 1978...[[SequelGap and 2010 and 2014]].2014.)


** There are a host of politicians and media people that appear as themselves, enough to fill up a whole screen in the closing credits. U.S. Senators Hubert Humphrey and George [=McGovern=], RealLife then-rivals for the 1972 Democratic nomination ([=McGovern=] won, only to be destroyed by [[RichardNixon Nixon]]), are seen at a Democratic Party banquet that Bill speaks at.

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** There are a host of politicians and media people that appear as themselves, enough to fill up a whole screen in the closing credits. U.S. Senators Hubert Humphrey and George [=McGovern=], RealLife then-rivals for the 1972 Democratic nomination ([=McGovern=] won, only to be destroyed by [[RichardNixon [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]]), are seen at a Democratic Party banquet that Bill speaks at.


Political campaign specialist Marvin Lucas (Boyle) recruits Bill [=McKay=] (Redford) to run for a U.S. Senate seat in California as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Crocker Jarmon (Don Porter). Bill is a lawyer and left-wing legal activist who happens to be the son of popular former governor John J. [=McKay=] (Melvyn Douglas). Bill is reluctant to run a campaign that would force him to abandon his principles, but Lucas reassures him that he won't ''have'' to abandon his principles because he doesn't have a shot at winning--Lucas even goes so far as to write the promise "YOU LOSE" on a matchbook. Since Bill doesn't have a prayer, he can say what he wants and raise awareness of liberal issues.

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Political campaign specialist Marvin Lucas (Boyle) recruits Bill [=McKay=] (Redford) to run for a U.S. Senate seat in California as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Crocker Jarmon (Don Porter). Bill is a lawyer and left-wing legal activist who happens to be the son of popular former governor John J. [=McKay=] (Melvyn Douglas).(Creator/MelvynDouglas). Bill is reluctant to run a campaign that would force him to abandon his principles, but Lucas reassures him that he won't ''have'' to abandon his principles because he doesn't have a shot at winning--Lucas even goes so far as to write the promise "YOU LOSE" on a matchbook. Since Bill doesn't have a prayer, he can say what he wants and raise awareness of liberal issues.


** Can it really be a coincidence that this film, about a rising young California Democratic Party star who is the son of a former Democratic governor, was made in 1972, when Jerry Brown, son of former Democratic governor Pat Brown, was a rising young California Democratic Party star? (Jerry Brown was elected as governor in 1974 and 1978...[[SequelGap and 2010 and 2014]].)

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** Can it really be a coincidence that this film, about a rising young California Democratic Party star who is the son of a former Democratic governor, was made in 1972, when 1972? When Jerry Brown, son of former Democratic governor Pat Brown, was a rising young California Democratic Party star? (Jerry Brown was elected as governor in 1974 and 1978...[[SequelGap and 2010 and 2014]].)


''The Candidate'' is a 1972 film directed by Michael Ritchie, starring Creator/RobertRedford and Peter Boyle.

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''The Candidate'' is a 1972 film directed by Michael Ritchie, starring Creator/RobertRedford and Peter Boyle.Creator/PeterBoyle.


** While Redford himself denies it, several observers (including Larner) feel that Redford based his performance on John Lindsay, Mayor of New York City, who ran for President as a Democrat in 1972. Lindsay and Redford were close friends and Lindsay, in fact, had announced his party switch from Republican to Democrat while visiting Redford at Sundance in 1971.

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** While Redford himself denies it, several Several observers (including Larner) feel that Redford based his performance on John Lindsay, Mayor of New York City, who ran for President as a Democrat in 1972. Lindsay and Redford were close friends and Lindsay, in fact, had announced his party switch from Republican to Democrat while visiting Redford at Sundance in 1971. Redford, however, has always denied drawing inspiration from Lindsay.


Political campaign specialist Marvin Lucas (Boyle) recruits Bill [=McKay=] (Redford) to run for a U.S. Senate seat in California as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Crocker Jarmon. Bill is a lawyer and left-wing legal activist who happens to be the son of popular former governor John J. [=McKay=] (Melvyn Douglas). Bill is reluctant to run a campaign that would force him to abandon his principles, but Lucas reassures him that he won't ''have'' to abandon his principles because he doesn't have a shot at winning--Lucas even goes so far as to write the promise "YOU LOSE" on a matchbook. Since Bill doesn't have a prayer, he can say what he wants and raise awareness of liberal issues.

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Political campaign specialist Marvin Lucas (Boyle) recruits Bill [=McKay=] (Redford) to run for a U.S. Senate seat in California as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Crocker Jarmon.Jarmon (Don Porter). Bill is a lawyer and left-wing legal activist who happens to be the son of popular former governor John J. [=McKay=] (Melvyn Douglas). Bill is reluctant to run a campaign that would force him to abandon his principles, but Lucas reassures him that he won't ''have'' to abandon his principles because he doesn't have a shot at winning--Lucas even goes so far as to write the promise "YOU LOSE" on a matchbook. Since Bill doesn't have a prayer, he can say what he wants and raise awareness of liberal issues.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The subplot about Bill having an affair with one of his staffers was more prominent in Jeremy Larner's original screenplay. Redford objected, thinking it made Bill look bad, so it's just subtly hinted at, with a couple ChekhovsGunman appearances by her earlier in the film and the hallway scene mentioned below in YourCheatingHeart.


* StepfordSmiler: Bill's wife, Karen, becomes this more and more as the campaign progresses.

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* StepfordSmiler: Bill's wife, Karen, Nancy, becomes this more and more as the campaign progresses.



** Earlier in the film, [=McKay=] walks in on his wife meeting with a professional photographer. The photographer flat-out admits that he's having an affair with Karen, which she doesn't deny.

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** Earlier in the film, [=McKay=] walks in on his wife meeting with a professional photographer. The photographer flat-out admits that he's having an affair with Karen, Nancy, which she doesn't deny.

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* SmugSnake: Crocker Jarmon is a classic pompous, glad-handing type politician who clearly doesn't take [=McKay=] seriously as a challenger, only to get desperate when the polls start tightening up.

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* {{Corpsing}}: Bill keeps breaking out in laughter when he's distracted by a falling boom mic while recording a speech at a TV station.

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* RunningGag: Marvin and Bill breaking away from a crowd to have a private talk in a cramped, inconvenient place (a bathroom, a cockpit, an elevator).


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Can it really be a coincidence that this film, about a rising young California Democratic Party star who is the son of a former Democratic governor, was made in 1972, when Jerry Brown, son of former Democratic governor Pat Brown, was a rising young California Democratic Party star? (Jerry Brown was elected as governor in 1974 and 1978...[[SequelGap and 2010 and 2014]].)

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [=McKay=] is likely a CompositeCharacter who bears a strong resemblance to various real politicians whom Michael Ritchie, Jeremy Larner and Robert Redford knew or worked for.
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Can it really be a coincidence that this film, about a rising young California Democratic Party star who is the son of a former Democratic governor, was made in 1972, when Jerry Brown, son of former Democratic governor Pat Brown, was a rising young California Democratic Party star? (Jerry Brown was elected as governor in 1974 and 1978...[[SequelGap and 2010 and 2014]].)

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