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A Perfect Candidate
A film by R.J. Cutler & David Van Taylor

105 minutes, documentary, color, English, 1996



Sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, A Perfect Candidate is a twisted journey into the underbelly of American politics. In 1994 former Marine Oliver North re-emerged from the Iran-Contra scandal to run for the U.S Senate. In the hotly contested race between North and incumbent Chuck Robb - who played Charlie Brown to Ollie's Elvis - filmmakers R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor were granted astonishing access to the back room games played by the candidates, their handlers, and the press. The result is a revealing, chilling and darkly funny look into the modern American political process.


"I loved this movie!" - Roger Ebert

"Absolutely fascinating!"- Gene Siskel

"Sometimes hysterically funny, sometime terrifying...truly brilliant!" - Baltimore City Paper

"The best American documentary since Hoop Dreams... Invigorating, entertaining & essential!" - The Washington Post

Recommended Reading

Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson

The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory by David Plouffe

Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America by Craig Shirley

The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America by Thurston Clarke


Read FRF's interview with co-director David Van Taylor

Read co-director David Van Taylor's opinion piece on Sarah Palin

Lumiere Productions

Disc Features

●  Filmmaker's audio commentary
●  Ollie & Chuck react
●  Photo Gallery
●  Profiles

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