The Manchurian Candidate

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Released 1962

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Director:
John Frankenheimer
Released:
1962
Rating:
TV-PG

Raymond Shaw is a hero of the Korean War - and a ticking bomb. The heroic incident which won him the Congressional Medal of Honour never happened; Raymond and the other members of his patrol were captured and then elaborately brainwashed at a secret facility in Manchuria. The others, including Raymond's superior and only friend, Marco, were brainwashed into believing that he had bravely rescued them; Raymond has been further conditioned to respond to a sequence of codes which will make him become, when required, a murderous automaton who will kill without compunction or any subsequent memory. But why? And who will be his target?

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  • 100

    Variety

    One of the wildest fabrications any author has ever tried to palm off on a gullible public. But the fascinating thing is that, from uncertain premise to shattering conclusion, one ...

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a movie that was made more than 25 years ago, and it feels as if it were made yesterday. Not a moment of The Manchurian Candidate lacks edge and tension and a cynical spin....

  • 60

    The New York Times

    The film is so artfully contrived, the plot so interestingly started, the dialogue so racy and sharp, and John Frankenheimer's direction so exciting in the style of Orson Welles wh...

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Major Bennett Marco

Laurence Harvey

Laurence Harvey

Raymond Shaw

Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh

Eugenie Rose Cheney

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

Mrs. Eleanor Iselin

James Gregory

James Gregory

Senator John Yerkes Iselin

Henry Silva

Henry Silva

Chunjin

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