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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Eddie Ingram
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Robert Baker
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Owens
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Villalobos
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Joaquin Perez-Campbell ...
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Tim Artz ...
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Laurent Tokar
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Antoine Taylor ...
Boy Scout #1
Joseph Alessi ...
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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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This summer everything is under control. See more »


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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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Der Manchurian Kandidat  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,018,620 (USA) (1 August 2004)

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$65,955,630 (USA)
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK: Characters looking directly into the camera. See more »

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In the early scene of Major Marco talking to scouts about his war record, he is asked if he was wounded, and he says that he was, but a close look at his chest shows no Purple Heart among his ribbons. If he was wounded in action, he would have a Purple Heart. He is, however, wearing a Silver Star, which is exceeded only by Distinguished Service Medals from the several military departments and homeland security; service cross medals for Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Army; and the Medal of Honor. See more »

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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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Referenced in The Manchurian Candidate: Political Pundits (2004) See more »

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Gravity/Falling Down Again
Written & Performed by Alejandro Escoveda
Courtesy of Texas Music Group
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the original is much better (5.5/10
2 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this remake of the 1962 classic leaves a lot to be desired.it doesn't live up to the original.the plot is just too hard to follow,in my opinion.it's not straight forward at all.it's suspenseful and dramatic,but not really all that exciting.i didn't care much about the characters here.in the original,i felt really invested in the characters.it was much more clever,and psychological.Meryl Streep is a fine actress,but the character was played to much better effect by Angela Lansbury in the original.the same can be said of the characters portrayed by Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber.Sinatra played the same character as Schreiber and Laurence Harvey played the same character as Washington. to be fair,it could be that the characters were written better in the original,which i think is the case.bottom line,this version pales in comparison to the original.my vote for The Manchurian Candidate (2004) is a 5.5/10


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