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Richard Condon (based upon a novel by)
George Axelrod (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 October 1962 (USA) See more »
When you've seen it all, you'll swear there's never been anything like it! See more »
A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Major Bennett Marco

Laurence Harvey ... Raymond Shaw

Janet Leigh ... Eugenie Rose Chaney

Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin

Henry Silva ... Chunjin

James Gregory ... Senator John Yerkes Iselin

Leslie Parrish ... Jocelyn Jordan

John McGiver ... Senator Thomas Jordan
Khigh Dhiegh ... Dr. Yen Lo
James Edwards ... Corporal Allen Melvin
Douglas Henderson ... Colonel Milt
Albert Paulsen ... Zilkov
Barry Kelley ... Secretary of Defense
Lloyd Corrigan ... Holborn Gaines
Madame Spivy ... Female Berezovo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Adams ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Midori Arimoto ... Communist Party Observer of soldiers being hypnotist (uncredited)
Frank Basso ... Photographer (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Medical Officer (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Silvers (uncredited)
Merritt Bohn ... Jilly (uncredited)
Nick Bolin ... Berezovo (uncredited)
Robert Burton ... Convention Chairman (uncredited)
Evelyn Byrd ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lana Crawford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ray Dailey ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Mimi Dillard ... Mrs. Melvin (uncredited)
Joan Douglas ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Mickey Finn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Gomel's Lady Counterpart (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
John Francis ... Hiken (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ralph Gambina ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Harris ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Maggie Hathaway ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Maye Henderson ... Chairlady (uncredited)
Sam 'Kid' Hogan ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... General (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Reporter (uncredited)
Miyoshi Jingu ... Miss Gertrude (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man Seated Next to Projector (uncredited)
Rita Kenaston ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Senator (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Henry Whitaker - Chairlady (uncredited)
Lou Krugg ... Manager (uncredited)
Jack Latham ... TV Newscaster (uncredited)
John Lawrence ... Grossfeld (uncredited)
Richard LePore ... Private Ed Mavole (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Delegate (uncredited)
Tom Lowell ... Private Bobby Lembeck (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Delegate (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ... Delegate (uncredited)

Michael Masters ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
William Meader ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Reporter (uncredited)
Marquita Moll ... Soprano (uncredited)
Reggie Nalder ... Gomel (uncredited)
Frances E. Nealy ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Karen Norris ... Secretary (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... Reporter (uncredited)
Julie Payne ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Riordan ... Benjamin K. Arthur (uncredited)
Anna Shin ... Korean Girl (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Policeman (uncredited)
Irving Steinberg ... Freeman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Officer (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Senator (uncredited)
William Thourlby ... Little (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Raynum K. Tsukamoto ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Jeanne Vaughn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anton von Stralen ... Officer (uncredited)
James Yagi ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Writing credits
Richard Condon (based upon a novel by)

George Axelrod (screenplay)

John Frankenheimer  uncredited

Produced by
George Axelrod .... producer
John Frankenheimer .... producer
Howard W. Koch .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Amram 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster (film editor)
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Philip M. Jefferies (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist
Jack Freeman .... makeup artist
Bernard Ponedel .... makeup artist
Gene Shacove .... hair stylist: Janet Leigh
Mary Westmoreland .... hair stylist
Dorothy Parkinson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Behm .... assistant director (as Joseph Behm)
Read Killgore .... assistant director (uncredited)
David Salven .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arden Cripe .... property master
Philip M. Jefferies .... assistant art director
Richard Borland .... props (uncredited)
Lucius O. Croxton .... set dresser (uncredited)
John M. Elliott .... set dresser (uncredited)
Seymour Klate .... set dresser (uncredited)
Richard M. Rubin .... props (uncredited)
Gaylin P. Schultz .... props (uncredited)
Joseph S. Toldy .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Edmondson .... sound mixer
Del Harris .... sound effects editor
Buddy Myers .... re-recordist
Bill Flannery .... boom operator (uncredited)
Paul Wolfe .... recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Paul Pollard)
Gordon Doversola .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Beau Vanden Ecker .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
John Indrisano .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Mehl .... operative cameraman
Felix Barlow .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Craemer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eugene Levitt .... camera assistant (uncredited)
William Read Woodfield .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wesley Jeffries .... costumer (as Wesley V. Jefferies)
Angela Alexander .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Morris Brown .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ron Talsky .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Rose Viebeck .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Carl Mahakian .... assistant film editor
Music Department
David Amram .... conductor
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Vinton Vernon .... music recordist
Other crew
Thom Conroy .... dialogue coach
Amalia Wade .... script supervisor
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Mollie Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Gene Martell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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126 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1989) (uncut) | Finland:(Banned) (1964) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1964) (uncut) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:18 (1964) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:12A (2010) | UK:15 (1988) | UK:A (1962) (cut) | USA:PG-13 | USA:Approved (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

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One of the early uses of martial arts in a Hollywood film is a key fight sequence (between Frank Sinatra and Henry Silva), over a decade before the Kung Fu craze of the 1970s. Still earlier, however, is Blood on the Sun (1945), with its climactic judo bout involving James Cagney. And though Peter Lorre was using jujitsu in Mr. Moto movies as early as 1937, Harry Parke (as Parkyakarkus) mentions jujitsu in the Eddie Cantor movie Strike Me Pink (1936).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Shaw's character wears the stripes of a Sergeant First Class on both his fatigue uniform in Korea and his dress uniform coat when returning to the U.S., although he is referred to in the film as "Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw," which is actually one rank lower than the stripes he wears.See more »
Mrs. Iselin:It has been decided that you will be dressed as a priest, to help you get away in the pandemonium afterwards. Chunjin will give you a two-piece Soviet Army sniper's rifle that fits nicely into a special bag. There's a spotlight booth that won't be in use...See more »
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27 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Belongs in Top 50 Dramas, 15 January 2000
Author: Edi Garcia from New Jersey

Manchurian Candidate is, quite simply, the best political thriller of all time. I can't think of another that keeps me on the edge of my seat, even on the tenth viewing. The incredible script, Angela Lansbury's Dearest Mommy, the effective use of black & white film for a movie about issues that were anything but black & white--I could go on and on.

I know that most people rave about Ms. Lansbury above all the other cast members, but--for me--Frank Sinatra wins the prize hands down. His disbelief, and then his disillusionment, and then his despair are perfectly portrayed. There were really two Sinatras, the singer AND the great actor.

In watching The Manchurian Candidate again and again, I never cease to be amazed at its prescient theme, the danger of the combination of fanaticism and patriotic fervor. Goldwater's famous quote comes to mind, "Extremism in the defense of virtue is no vice". In my opinion, this film just gets better with age.

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