The Manchurian Candidate Poster

Release Date: 1962

DVD Release Date: March 25th, 1998

PG-13|2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary
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 (Laurence Harvey) is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and, together with fellow soldier Allen Melvin (James Edwards), races to uncover a terrible plot.

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver

Director: John Frankenheimer

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: M.C. Productions

Keywords: Revenge, Rise, Tense, Transformation, Soldier, 1950s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • But it is Angela Lansbury's incestuous, power-mad mother who makes your blood run cold. This was the peak of the first part of her career, which depended upon these hardbitten kind of characters. Forget Hitchcock--here's the monster mother of all time. show more

  • A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing. show more

  • 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. [Re-release] show more

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