• The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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The Manchurian Candidate

Release Date: July 30th, 2004

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 2004

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber), now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's doubts deepen, Shaw's political power grows, and, when Marco finds a mysterious implant embedded in his back, the memory of what really happened begins to return.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Kimberly Elise, Jeffrey Wright, Ted Levine, Bruno Ganz

Director: Jonathan Demme

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1990s, Soldier, Mother, Rise, 2000s, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right. show more

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    The performance of the movie is Liev Schreiber as Shaw, a man howlingly uncomfortable in his own skin. show more

  • 100
    Glenn KennyPremiere

    Demme here shows off both the mastery of suspense that made "The Silence of the Lambs" a classic, and the humane understanding and appreciation of character that not just deepens but energizes this film. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)