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The Manchurian Candidate

Cast

Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh View All


Crew

John Frankenheimer (Director), George Axelrod (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 24th, 1962
Runtime: 2 hours, 6 minutes
Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.
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mark f
Anyway, this is where I'd usually waste a paragraph detailing the plot, but if you know the plot, you know that's heresy, and if you don't know the plot, I accept your thanks here and now.
TheUsualSuspect
It was pretty early on in the film where I figured I was going to like The Manchurian Candidate.
Iroquois
She definitely becomes a defining presence in an otherwise male-dominated film (even Janet Leigh's presence as Sinatra's companion seems rather inconsequential), though it's not like Sinatra and Harvey don't put in sufficiently wide-ranging performances of their own.
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