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Blu-ray Review – The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

24 February 2015 10:43 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silver and James Gregory.

Synopsis:

A former Korean War Pow is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.

Exploring the extremes of cold war paranoia in a stylish cloak and dagger format that must have raised more than a few eyebrows on its release in 1962, The Manchurian Candidate is a film that takes a look beyond the usual political invective.

Following the terrifying experiences of Korean War veterans as they attempt to settle back into ‘normal’ American life, the film is a supremely dark portrayal of influence and control. Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top, Darling) as Raymond Shaw creates a terrifyingly understated performance as the pawn in the games of the political elite. Specifically, his character is controlled through the use »

- Robert W Monk

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