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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

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Eddie Ingram
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Robert Baker
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Owens
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Wilson
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Tim Artz ...
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Antoine Taylor ...
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Scout Dad (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
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Storyline

When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened -- or didn't happen -- in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out. Written by A Prentiss

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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30 July 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,018,620, 1 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,955,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,105,964
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The marching band shown, in a few parts of the movie, is the East Ramapo Marching Band from New York. See more »

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On Election Day the news ticker for the cup channel shows "Big-Mart posts $40 trillion sales record in quarter's single largest surge" - almost half the entire world's output. While in real life such a figure is extremely unlikely, the movie describes a different, darker reality, in which $40 trillion may not be as much as in real life, for example due to inflation, caused by years of global security crisis, heavily hinted to throughout the movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Ben Marco: So why don't we just go directly right up in this route, straight in...
Laurent Tokar: Yes, I see the Captain enjoys the road less-traveled.
Ben Marco: No, the Captain enjoys not going down the highway, draggin' his ass so every Tom, Dick, Gaddafi can take a whack at it.
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When You Go out Walking
by Courtney Shanks, Brad Shanks & Michael Littleton
Performed by Blood on the Wall
Courtesy of Blood on the Wall/The Social Registry
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Meryl, you're no Angela Lansbury

While the 2004 remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" is ensemble acting at its finest, Meryl Streep seems to be having a bit too much fun playing the villainess Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. She doesn't have the same blood-curdling constitution as did Angela Lansbury.

"What was I supposed to do, call a MEETING?" she exclaims as her wimpy male colleagues in the shadowy Manchurian Global upbraid her for ordering someone killed without consulting them. Problem is, she was radiantly glowing when she uttered the line, which produced laughs in the NYC theatre I was in.

When she showers Liev Schreiber with overly affectionate kisses and hugs, one again suspects Meryl was having a bit too much fun on camera with someone she finds quite attractive -- don't we all? -- in real life.

On its own, the 2004 remake is fine cinema. But the problem with all remakes is the inevitable comparison with original. And sadly, as much as I like the 2004 version, my vote goes with Angie Lansbury and Laurence Harvey.


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