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In the original version of The Manchurian Candidate (1962), the brainwashing agents were Chinese communists from the Manchurian provinces next to Korea.
When Raymond Shaw is talking with Ben in his election HQ office, he says, "...when we were in Kuwait..." but slurs the word to sound very much like "Korea". The original movie had the soldiers serving in (and abducted from) Korea.
Liev Schreiber was handpicked by Paramount Pictures boss Sherry Lansing for the title role.
The movie opens with Marco's and Shaw's fellow soldiers playing a card game; this is a reference to The Manchurian Candidate (1962), in which cards play a very important role in the plot.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Meryl Streep watched political talk shows to prepare for her role: "anything with Peggy Noonan, Karen Hughes... it's hard to get more hyperbolic than that." She didn't watch the original film, until after filming wrapped.
When Shaw's Secret Service Agent plants the rifle at the rally site for Marco, the spoken word piece "Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round" by Dead Kennedys can be heard. The piece is about the U.S. "Secretary of War" calling Britain's Prime Minister suggesting "it's time to start another war", and suggesting that both countries give their soldiers, and young people who might be drafted, drugs to ensure compliance.
In developing his character, Liev Schreiber watched footage of Robert F. Kennedy.
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Eleanor Shaw because she didn't want her Hollywood comeback to be as a villainess.
Tina Sinatra who was instrumental in deciding to remake the film, inherited the production rights from her father, Frank Sinatra who played Bennett Marco in the 1962 version of The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Screenwriter Daniel Pyne was paid over one million dollars for his initial draft.
Though many assume Meryl Streep to have based her performance upon Hillary Clinton, Streep has cited Peggy Noonan, Condoleezza Rice, and Dick Cheney as her inspirations.
Before this movie's release, Paramount set up two official websites: one site with movie information, and one site that appeared to be a promotional tool for the fictional Manchurian Global Corporation depicted in the movie. The corporation website gave no indication of its connection to the movie, except a few references to its sponsorship of Dr. Atticus Noyle's Alzheimer's research. Similar advertisements for fictional medical procedures and clinics were also produced as parts of the advertising campaigns for Gattaca (1997), Godsend (2004), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). Besides these films listed, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) also has a advertising campaign featuring "Regenerator", a fictional product developed by the Umbrella Corporation.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK: Characters looking directly into the camera.
The film unites real-life half brothers Liev Schreiber and Pablo Schreiber.
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In Rosie's bathroom there is a poster for a theatrical production of "Othello" featuring José Ferrer, the father of Miguel Ferrer, who plays Colonel Garret in this film.
One of Major Marco's evaluation papers is clearly dated 2008.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Jon Voight, and Kenneth Utt; and three Oscar nominees: Dean Stockwell, Sidney Lumet, and Vera Farmiga.
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Production Assistant Chris Rodriguez's photo is used on the front page of the newspaper that Kimberly Elise picks up on the train, under the caption, "Muslim Yale student murdered by angry mob."
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The name of the film in Japan is called "Crisis of America".
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Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise also appear in John Q (2002).
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Brian De Palma was briefly considered to direct this film, a suggestion made by one of De Palma's former representatives. However, the idea was ultimately nixed by producer Scott Rudin.
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The radio chatter audio near the end of the film, as Ben returns to the beach, is actually a recording of a Norfolk Southern train defect detector. If one listens carefully you can even hear it state, "NS (Norfolk Southern) detector milepost 79.8 one no defect." The actual detector likely reported 79.8 track one but the word track would spoil the illusion. It is interesting because these automatic reports only transmit two or three miles to inform the train crew of defects in their train. It is not likely they would be heard on a remote island.
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When Ben and Rosie are in her "cousin's" apartment, there are pictures of Kenneth Utt beneath the poster of a play.
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Neil Jordan was briefly considered as director.
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The marching band shown, in a few parts of the movie, is the East Ramapo Marching Band from New York.
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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.
On the wall of Senator Jordan's office is a poster for the Vietnam POW/MIA "You are not forgotten" campaign (the black on white silhouette).
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One of six politically-themed pictures featuring Meryl Streep. The others are Julia (1977), Suffragette (2015), The Iron Lady (2011), Lions for Lambs (2007), and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979).
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This movie marks the second collaboration between Meryl Streep and Jeffrey Wright. They previously appeared together in Angels in America (2003).
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This film reunites cast members of Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia (1993). Ann Dowd, John Bedford Lloyd and Robert W. Castle all portrayed members of Andrew Beckett's (Tom Hanks) family. Also in both films are Denzel Washington, Obba Babatundé, Charles Napier, James B. Howard, Harry Northup, Tracey Walter, Kenneth Utt, Roger Corman and Anna Deavere Smith.
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John Bedford Lloyd and Pablo Schreiber also appeared in Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013).
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Jon Voight and Dean Stockwell previously appeared in The Rainmaker (1997).
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Cameo 

Sidney Lumet: A political pundit.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

If the letters in Noyle's last name are rearranged, they spell Yen Lo, the name of the equivalent character in The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
In Richard Condon's novel, Mrs. Iselin's relationship with her son Raymond is explicitly incestuous, complete with a bed scene. For the 1962 adaptation, director John Frankenheimer and screenwriter George Axelrod reduced it to the less-than-motherly kiss that Mrs. Iselin plants on Raymond's lips. To appease the censors, Frankenheimer instructed Angela Lansbury to put her hand between their mouths and the camera to obscure what she was doing a little bit. In the 2004 remake, the camera cuts away before she kisses her son on the lips.
There is a brief shot of Worldwide Plaza (49th-50th Streets & 8th Avenue, New York City), the office complex on the site of the second (1925-1966) Madison Square Garden, where, in the original The Manchurian Candidate (1962), the assassination takes place (the inside and outside of the old Garden are shown in the original movie).
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