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On the Campaign Trail


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Recommended by Madam Librarian, a movie buff and adult reference librarian at the Canton Public Library.

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Bob Roberts

(1992)
1272148.jpg Filmed as a mock documentary, we follow Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins), an arch-conservative, radical folksinger (and self-made millionaire) turned senatorial candidate. Tim Robbins wrote, directed, and starred in this award winning film.

The Candidate

(1972)
1322937.jpg Bill McKay (Robert Redford) an outspoken, idealistic young California lawyer is persuaded to run for the Senate. He doesnt expect to win but hopes to bring vital issues such as ecology and civil rights, and finds himself up against a political machine. When it looks like he could win the race, he suddenly finds himself conflicted.

A Face in the Crowd

(1957)
afacein.jpg A raucous hobo named Lonesome Rhodes (Andy Griffith) rises from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Stepping on, over, and around people on the way.

State of the Union

(1948)
1392020.jpg Spencer Tracy stars as an idealistic industrialist who runs for the Presidency. Initially content to have his campaign manager (Angela Lansbury) and the political machine run his campaign, its Tracys wife (Katherine Hepburn) who speaks out against the corruptness behind the scene. Tracy must decide what he really stands for.

Wag the Dog

(1997)
1361705.jpg When the president is caught in a sex scandal less than two weeks before the election, the White House sends for "Mr. Fix-it." Washington spinmaster Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) needs a war to distract the public's attention and calls on Hollywood's top producer (Dustin Hoffman) to create it.