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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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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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Villalobos
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Tim Artz ...
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Laurent Tokar
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Antoine Taylor ...
Boy Scout #1
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Scout Dad (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
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Scoutmaster
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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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,018,620 (USA) (30 July 2004)

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$65,948,711 (USA) (12 November 2004)
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Trivia

The second Frank Sinatra film to be given a major remake in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The first was Ocean's Eleven (2001). That film and this one actually have family connections. George Clooney became close friends with Brad Pitt during the making of that film. This film features Jon Voight, father of Angelina Jolie, with whom Pitt has been involved since 2005. Also appearing in this film is Clooney's cousin Miguel Ferrer. His mother, Rosemary Clooney, was sister to George's father Nick Clooney. 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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[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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Elegie
by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Steven Isserlis and Pascal Devoyon
Courtesy of BMG Classics
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
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Less powerful, less edgy, and less intelligent than the original.
30 November 2004 | by (Caracas, Venezuela) – See all my reviews

Three months ago I watched the original Manchurian Candidate on DVD. I was amazed on how good this movie is, and how well it holds up after 42 years of its release in movie theaters.

So, yesterday when I watched the 2004 version directed by Jonathan Demme it was impossible for me not to compare the two films.

Without the existence of the original, Demme's effort could be defined as a good (not outstanding) political thriller and it's easy to think that this definition is compatible with the general opinion of today's audiences.

But (a big but) in reality there is an original, and it is so good, so brave, and so well written that this new version almost feels pointless.

In adapting the story to modern day Jonathan Demme made more wrong choices than good ones diminishing the power and intensity of the original.

This remake took out some key dramatic elements that work marvelously in the original film inserting some new and poorly written plot twists changing and damaging the dramatic resolution.

This version is inferior in almost every level (the only exception is the acting). It is less powerful, less edgy, and less intelligent.

Fortunately for Demme the original picture is not as well known as classics like 'Casablanca' and this will allow his film to find a moderate positive acceptance.


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