robert redford plays the idealistic son of the governor of california. he decides to run for senate after peter boyle coaxes him to do so. at first he runs a real idealistic campaign and is a straight shooter, but then he starts to tone it down when he realizes he has a chance and his handlers handle him too much. in the end he returns to his values and wins the election, but the future is unknown. it’s a pretty good flick and redford is solid in it. the 70s style editing didn’t really do it for me.