Robert Redford turns in one of his best screen portrayals, as an idealistic young lawyer, the son of an ex-governor (Melvyn Douglas), who is pressed to run for senator from his state. As he becomes mired in the politics and campaigning involved, he (along with the audience) becomes more and more aware of the potential for deceit and moral duplicity that lurks behind the public facade. More than just a movie about politics, this Academy Award-winning film (for Best Adapted Screenplay) is also a cogent commentary on the subject of “winning,” and its meaning within our society. This is a film that has become increasingly relevant with each passing year. Come see it and find out why. (Bill Roth)
Directed by Michael Ritchie. US. 1972. PG. 110 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
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