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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 24 October 1962 (USA)
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Major Bennett Marco
... Raymond Shaw
... Eugenie Rose Chaney
... Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin
... Chunjin
... Senator John Yerkes Iselin
... Jocelyn Jordan
... Senator Thomas Jordan
Khigh Dhiegh ... Dr. Yen Lo
... Corporal Allen Melvin
Douglas Henderson ... Colonel Milt
... Zilkov
... Secretary of Defense
... Holborn Gaines
Madame Spivy ... Female Berezovo
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Storyline

Major Ben Marco (Frank Sinatra) is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served valiantly as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a major problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw. He's put on indefinite sick leave and visits Shaw in New York. Shaw for his part has established himself well, despite the misgivings of his domineering mother, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin (Angela Lansbury). She is a red-baiter, accusing anyone who disagrees with her right-wing reactionary views of being a Communist. Raymond hates her, not only for how she's treated him but equally because of his step-father, the ineffectual U.S. Senator John Iselin (James Gregory), who is intent on seeking higher office. When Marco learns that others in his Korean War unit have nightmares similar to his own, he realizes that something happened to all of them in Korea and that ... Written by garykmcd

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Once unbelievable. Now unthinkable. The chilling classic returns [rerelease] See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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24 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El embajador del miedo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,700,000, 31 December 1962
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In joke: During the prologue set in 1952, one of the bar girls reads an old movie magazine with a cover shot of Tony Curtis and his then-wife, Janet Leigh who plays Rosie. See more »

Goofs

When Rosie and Ben meet on the train, the train passes the same water tower and countryside twice. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Shaw: Twelve days of Christmas! One day of Christmas is loathsome enough!
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Connections

Referenced in Winter Kills (1979) See more »

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Overture
(uncredited)
Music by David Amram and Irving Berlin
Manny Klein trumpet soloist
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One of the best thrillers ever made.
8 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

To know that the human mind can be manipulated so easily is indeed a scary thing.The Manchurian Candidate is a thriller so intense it can almost be considered a horror film.If,in fact,things such as those depicted here really did occur,I imagine it did step on some pretty sensitive toes.Bravo to all of those involved in front of the camera and behind it.In particular,Angela Lansbury,whose versatility as an actress is proved here as she plays against the nice lady type roles that we know her for.Among all the film's from the era of the 1960's that I have viewed,I would definitely place this in my top 5.One of the best thrillers ever.


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