After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.
Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
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
The marching band shown, in a few parts of the movie, is the East Ramapo Marching Band from New York. See more »
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 »
So why don't we just go directly right up in this route, straight in...
Yes, I see the Captain enjoys the road less-traveled.
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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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
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
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