• The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate

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 , Drama

Production Co: M.C. Productions

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 100
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is an oddball classic that leaves you weak with pleasure. [11 Mar 1988]

  • 70
    Film Threat

    Complaints? Sure, I had a few: The liberal use of insta-sweat whenever the character in question is experiencing tension, Harvey's aforementioned accent, one over-used shot composition that places the action at a great distance with a giant-headed supporting actor in the extreme foreground. [Re-release] show more

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1963)