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(First Run Features) 1996. 105 minutes. Not Rated. With insane inside access, a camera crew follows the 1994 U.S. Senate campaign of Oliver North (Iran-Contra fame). 
Although I summed up A Perfect Candidate with one sentence, this DVD gives the viewer the perfect chance to see what a bunch of jack-offs we have for politicians. How these turds, I mean the turds covered in A Perfect Candidate, got themselves into such a position to run for U.S. Senate is beyond me. Even more horrifying is knowing that it’s the same way in every state of the Union . Nobody looks or comes across well in this documentary; not the candidates, not the voters, and even the guys running the campaigns are goofballs. Since I am a rabid political junkie, I was absolutely enthralled with this documentary and I highly recommend it. However, if you’re not into politics you may not enjoy the topic or find yourself bored. Extras include; commentary by the directors, candidates’ reaction to the movie, etc. You know, it should take more than money and the ability to speak in public to run for political office. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and either laugh, or cry. Political cynics, rejoice. – Denis Sheehan



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