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A Perfect Candidate (1996)

The filmmakers follow Oliver North's unsuccessful 1994 bid for a Virginia Senate seat, focusing on North's campaign strategist, Mark Goodin, and a Washington Post reporter. Mudslinging ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Baker Don Baker ... Himself - Washington Post
Mark Goodin Mark Goodin ... Himself - North Campaign Senior Strategist
Mark Merritt Mark Merritt ... Himself - Communications Director
Peter Baker ... Himself
Glen Bolger Glen Bolger ... Himself
Floyd Brown Floyd Brown ... Himself
Tim Carpenter Tim Carpenter ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself
J. Marshall Coleman J. Marshall Coleman ... Himself (as Marshall Coleman)
David Demasters David Demasters ... Himself (as Dr. David Demasters)
Warren Fiske Warren Fiske ... Himself
Mike Gooding Mike Gooding ... Himself - Reporter
David Jacobsen David Jacobsen ... Himself - Former Hostage
Laurie Kellman Laurie Kellman ... Herself
David Lerman David Lerman ... Himself


The filmmakers follow Oliver North's unsuccessful 1994 bid for a Virginia Senate seat, focusing on North's campaign strategist, Mark Goodin, and a Washington Post reporter. Mudslinging ensues. Written by Mike D'Angelo <mqd8478@is2.nyu.edu>

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Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,448, 23 June 1996

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Arpie Films See more »
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Dolby SR


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30 October 2008 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A Perfect Candidate looks at the 1994 Virginia Senate race between Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb and Republican Oliver North of Iran-Contra fame. Robb was plagued by alleged incidents about his past involving a Playboy model, cocaine, New York hotel rooms, wild parties, etc... and in addition his fellow Democrat and (at the time) political enemy, ex-Governor Douglas Wilder, was also running for the seat. And also under the surface was the national surge of the Republican party which was about to take control of the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1950's. So, Robb should have lost, and why and how he didn't is what this documentary shows us. The fight between Robb's and North's campaigns focused mainly on who could better destroy the other one. Robb's personal lapses contrasted against Norths' lying to Congress and his dealings with numerous questionable figures. He cloaked it all in a patriotic fight against communism, and became a favorite of the extreme right, while alienating more moderate possible supporters. In this documentary, with plenty of footage of the campaign, neither candidate seemed worthy of anyone's vote, with it's footage of Robb dancing around direct questions and claiming he had never told a lie in his life, and North courting the hard right.

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