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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  30 July 2004 (USA)
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In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

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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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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$130,275 (South Africa) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

£1,915,402 (UK) (10 December 2004)
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Neil Jordan was also briefly considered to direct this remake. See more »

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In Rosie's cousin's apartment, Bennett Marco sticks his finger through the grating on the vent in the bathroom. From one side, we see him put his finger in the second hole up. From the other side of the vent, his finger goes through the fourth hole up. See more »

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Ben Marco: This isn't an election, this is a coup.
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Prefer the Classic – Jonathan Demme Prefers to Follow the Easiest Way Trying to Reach Success
12 October 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" is certainly among the best movies of the cinema history, inclusive is rated in IMDb top 250 as #75. This remake is not totally bad, but why remakes such a classic? It seems that former great director Jonathan Demme presently prefers to follow the easiest way trying to reach success instead of risking, but with terrible results. In 2002, he made an awful and ridiculous version of "Charade" with the mediocre "The Truth About Charlie". In 2004, he decided to insult John Frankenheimer with this complicated and totally absurd and unbelievable version of the classic. My vote is six just because I am a great fan of Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.

Title (Brazil): "Sob o Domínio do Mal" ("Under the Domination of the Evil")


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