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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

3 Ratings: 3.7
Drama and Mystery & Suspense movie directed by John Frankenheimer

You will never find a more chillingly suspenseful, perversely funny, or viciously satirical political thriller thanThe Manchurian Candidate, based on the novel by Richard Condon (author ofWinter Kills). The film, withheld from distribution by star Frank … see full wiki

Director: John Frankenheimer
Genre: Mystery, Drama
3 reviews about The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
review by . January 20, 2004
Living in Washington, D.C. has, of course, made me much more aware of politics, although there's something about getting older that has something to do with it as well. Browsing the video store racks the other day brought up this classic, which neither of us had seen, although I had tried to catch it at the AFI Silver Theater last year.Labeled as film-noir, The Manchurian Candidate is actually a bit of science-fiction, albeit of the psychological/sociological 1970s type rather than the 1950s/1980s …
review by . October 07, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
The Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury, is a well-acted film based on the novel about a mind-controlled assassin created to facilitate a political coup. Sinatra is the former army colleague of the man programmed for the deed, and he begins to have nightmares about the experience where his unit was captured in Korea and then brainwashed by Russian & Chinese personnel. Laurence Harvey plays the programmed killer, who is promoted as a war hero (and the other …
review by . July 23, 2003
Regrettably, this film was inaccessible for many years because of concerns about its subject matter following the killing of President Kennedy within a year after the film's release. There were also legal disputes which delayed its re-release until 1987. Directed by John Frankenheimer, it examines a hypothetical but plausible plot to assassinate a Presidential candidate so that his running mate, Senator John Iselin (James Gregory), will then be elected and thereby under total control of a foreign …
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