PBS Premiere: August 5, 1997
Disproving the adage that there are no second acts in American life, Iran/Contra legend Oliver North re-emerged to challenge incumbent Charles Robb in a hotly contested 1994 Virginia senatorial race. R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor weave a modern-day parable about leadership in America and campaign culture in a cynical age. The result is a clear-eyed examination of the electoral process, where issues take a back seat to the machinations of spin doctors, and voter interests are lost in a media hall of mirrors.
A Perfect Candidate
Premiere Date: August 5, 1997
Streaming Dates: Expired
Filmmaker: R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor Bio
The best American documentary since Hoop Dreams and one of a small handful of essential films about the politics in this country.”
— The Washington Post