The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Poster


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Remade as 

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
based on the 1962 screenplay


Chu Chin Chow (1934)
Mrs. Iselin says to Chunjin, "Chu-Chin-Chow , or whatever your name is..."
Pinocchio (1940)
The Phil Silvers Show (1955) (TV Series)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The great assassination scene pays homage to the one in "The Man Who Knew Too Much": In both scenes, (1) there is a sharpshooter at a huge, full, indoor arena, (2) the film audience has been told exactly what point in time the marksman is to fire, (3) the protagonist runs to try to locate the marksman before he shoots, (4) he finds him just after he fires, (5) the marksman dies a few seconds later, (6) the target lives.

Referenced in 

I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 11 December 1961 (1961) (TV Episode)
Moderator Garry Moore plugs guest Janet Leigh's next motion picture.
I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 8 October 1962 (1962) (TV Episode)
Host Garry Moore mentions that guest Janet Leigh stars in the movie.
Man in the Dark (1964)
The novel is prominently displayed on a bookshelf (the film version had just been released).
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Death of the Party (1964) (TV Episode)
in a game of charades for The Canterbury Tales, Harold calls out "The Mancurian Canterdirt"
Murderers' Row (1966)
MacDonald briefing Matt: "They can brainwash a vacuum cleaner. They can have you killing for them and you won't know it, and we can't let that happen" This is the plot of The Manchurian Candidate.
The Psycho Lover (1970)
Stacey talks about watching the film
Live and Let Die (1973)
Bond uses a card deck full of identical cards to trick a character into doing what they want, just like Marco.
Mary Tyler Moore: We Want Baxter (1973) (TV Episode)
About Ted's city council run, Murray refers to him as the Manchurian Candidate.
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
The assassination sequence is mimicked in PHANTOM.
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin: Part One (1976) (TV Episode)
several references acknowledged by producers
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin: Part Two (1976) (TV Episode)
several references acknowledged by producers
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Bruce Dern/Fernando Lamas/Mike Preminger/Dr. Samuel Dunkell (1977) (TV Episode)
Bruce Dern comments on John Frankenheimer's earlier thriller
Telefon (1977)
Plot elements
Winter Kills (1979)
Political assassination plot also adapted from a Richard Condon novel.
Bergerac: A Miracle Every Week (1983) (TV Episode)
The climax closely follows that of the movie.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
MacGyver: Brainwashed (1989) (TV Episode)
The movie was a direct inspiration for this episode.
At the Movies: Pretty Woman/Blind Fury/A Shock to the System/The Fourth War/Lambada (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "The Fourth War" review.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Mind's Eye (1991) (TV Episode)
Enemy forces hypnotize a captured officer into assassinating a political figure.
The Player (1992)
In the opening shot, screenwriter Alan Rudolph pitches an action film that he describes as "'Ghost' meets 'The Manchurian Candidate'."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tom
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Sergeant, take the gun and shoot the corporal!"
Scanner Cop (1994) (Video)
Sam mentions this when the topic of mind control is brought up.
Pinky and the Brain: The Pink Candidate (1996) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The X-Files: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1996) (TV Episode)
Young Bill Mulder asked Young Cigarette Smoking Man why he's reading the book instead of seeing the movie.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Doll (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: "The Manchurian Ventriloquist"
Species II (1998)
From Washington to Hollywood ...And Back (1998) (Video)
This film is discussed by director John Frankenheimer.
Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane (1998) (Video)
This earlier John Frankenheimer film is referred to.
Law & Order: Sideshow (1999) (TV Episode)
Munch tells Lennie that the film is a work of non-fiction.
Filming in the Fast Lane (1999) (Video)
This earlier John Frankenheimer film is referred to.
Cobalt (1999) (Short)
The voiceover on the radio is similar to the declaration of solitaire.
Homicide: The Movie (2000) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Munch while discussing conspiracies.
Good Eats: Fry Hard (2000) (TV Episode)
Alton refers to his sister as "the Manchurian Candidate of the kitchen".
Big Wolf on Campus: The Manchurian Werewolf (2000) (TV Episode)
The title
The Contender (2000)
Star Trek: Voyager: Repression (2000) (TV Episode)
This is one of many Star Trek productions using the Manchurian Candidate formula, i.e. one of the heroes being forced by mind control to turn against the others.
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001)
Mentioned in article interview with Ron
The Simpsons: Day of the Jackanapes (2001) (TV Episode)
Sideshow Bob's brainwashing of Bart parallels "The Manchurian Candidate."
The Secret KGB Paranormal Files (2001) (TV Movie)
This classic motion picture is discussed.
Cypher (2002)
Taken (2002) (TV Mini-Series)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
mentioned in documentary
The Human Stain (2003)
referenced in film
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
The introduction to the fight between Thurman and fox parallels the fight between Sinatra and Silva
The West Wing: The Stormy Present (2004) (TV Episode)
Toby, C.J., and Josh are discussing mind control experiments by the CIA, and Toby says "in response to the Chinese attempt on US prisoners", and they say "like The Manchurian Candidate."
Las Vegas: The Night the Lights Went Out in Vegas (2004) (TV Episode)
Title is referenced
Gilmore Girls: Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too (2004) (TV Episode)
Sookie encourages Jackson to use baby Davey for posturing in a local election. Lorelai says, "How very Manchurian Candidate of you."
Charmed: Mr. & Mrs. Witch (2006) (TV Episode)
title mentioned; Paige wonders "which version?"
I Am a Bounty Hunter: Domino Harvey's Life (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
The Venture Bros.: Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner? (2006) (TV Episode)
Lincoln's ghost asked the brothers if they had see the Manchurian Candidate.
The Essentials: The Manchurian Candidate (2006) (TV Episode)
This documentary discusses The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Life with Derek: The Venturian Candidate (2006) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Flushed Away (2006)
"The Mancunian Candidate" in Roddy's DVD collection
The Mist (2007)
a character's "shot through a milk bottle" death scene
RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy (2007)
The theory that Sirhan Sirhan was a Manchurian Candidate
Have I Got News for You: Episode #35.2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Heroes Unmasked: Generations (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Vision and Conflict: Collaborating on the Wallace Saga (2009) (Video)
Mentioned by Gary Sinise.
Supernatural: Sex and Violence (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Sam
The Matrix Revisited (2009) (Video)
Philip Hinchcliffe mentions it as an influence on The Deadly Assassin
Chuck: Chuck Versus First Class (2010) (TV Episode)
Casey brainwashes Lester so that Lester will stop giving Morgan trouble at work, and afterword, when Jeff asks Lester what they are going to do to Morgan next, Lester's response is, "Morgan Grimes is the kindest, warmest, most understanding human being I've ever known in my life."
Into the Unknown: The Making of 'Underworld' (2010) (Video)
narrator mentions this film
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Will Ferrell & Adam McKay (2010) (TV Episode)
Will Ferrell mentions this movie during interview
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) (Video Game)
The game uses the plot of brainwashing soldiers to assassinate politicans.
Chuck: Chuck Versus Phase Three (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chuck
Edición Especial Coleccionista: El pacto de Berlín (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned on John Frankenheimer filmography
David Amram: The First 80 Years (2011)
Composed Film Score
Eureka: Double Take (2012) (TV Episode)
Fargo tells Allison that his girlfriend's a Manchurian Candidate, when he finds that she may be controlled by something else.
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
main inspiration for the movie
Elementary: Dirty Laundry (2013) (TV Episode)
Both stories involve Russian spies living in the USA under deep cover. To reinforce the connection, Geoffrey uses an altered form of the famous line from the movie when he describes the victim as "with out a doubt one of the finest human beings I've ever had the pleasure of knowing."
Psych: Santa Barbarian Candidate (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Congress (2013)
sharpshooter assassin assembling and using a gun in the ceiling of a convention hall
16mm: The Continuing Story of Ssgt. Raymond Shaw (2014) (Short)
Ssgt. Raymond Shaw is named after a character from this film.
Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)
picture of Frank Sinatra.
General Hospital: Episode #1.13239 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name by Lulu.
Criminal Minds: Rock Creek Park (2015) (TV Episode)
Rossi mentions the movie by name.
Gravity Falls: Stanchurian Candidate (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference
NCIS: Los Angeles: Active Measures (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Eric Beale: "'The Manchurian Candidate', 'The Ipcress File', 'Telefon' - all spies who one day just lose it."
Gravy (2015)
mentioned in dialogue
11.22.63: The Rabbit Hole (2016) (TV Episode)
Jake mentions the film to Sadie.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Tony Stark refers to Bucky as Manchurian Candidate because in that movie soldiers were brainwashed for sinister purposes just like what was done to Bucky
Fresh Off the Boat: The Manchurian Dinner Date (2016) (TV Episode)
title reference
Archer: Liquid Lunch (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Criminal Minds: Mirror Image (2016) (TV Episode)
Luke mentions the movie by name.
Saturday Night Live: Casey Affleck/Chance the Rapper (2016) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Donald Trump cold opening
Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #15.13 (2017) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Rick and Morty: The Rickchurian Mortydate (2017) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Michael Knowles Show: Happy Birthday, Hillary! (2017) (TV Episode)
Jacob Airey alludes to the movie.
Star Trek: Discovery: Despite Yourself (2018) (TV Episode)
Dr. Culber tells Lt. Tyler that they ran the Manchurian test on him to determine whether he had been brainwashed by the Klingons.
"Secular Talk": Bombshell: Proof Trump Is Puppet of Foreign Power (2018) (TV Episode)
Kyle Kulinski: "People are acting like there's a Manchurian Candidate in the White House."
Salvation: The Manchurian Candidate (2018) (TV Episode)
Title reference

Featured in 

Mirror for Our Dreams: The Image (1968) (TV Episode)
Clips used.
At the Movies: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #67 on the list.
Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) (TV Episode)
clips from film shown
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV Special)
Clip during In Memoriam tribute
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #17 on the list.
The Secret KGB Paranormal Files (2001) (TV Movie)
Shows a film clip from this motion picture.
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Mrs. John Iselin is #21 on the "Villains" list.
The Enemy Within: Inside 'The Manchurian Candidate' (2004) (Video)
Clips are presented.
Domino (2005)
Characters watch a clip of "The Manchurain Candidate" on TV
The Gallifreyan Candidate (2009) (Video)
Clips featured; subject of documentary.
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009) (TV Movie)
clips with Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury
The Second Dallas (2009) (Video)
Clips shown.
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
includes film clip
20 to 1: Hollywood Twists (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment.
Stars of the Silver Screen: Frank Sinatra (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 5: The 50s - Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World (2012) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the film while discussing Senator Joseph McCarthy's fear of communists in the State Department.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Spy Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
The Manchurian Candidate is #5.
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 2 (2015) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Beata Virgo Viscera (2018)
clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Assassins (2013) (TV Episode)
Sgt. Raymond Shaw is #8.

Spoofed in 

The Joey Bishop Show: Joey Gets Brainwashed (1964) (TV Episode)
Joey believes he's been brainwashed like Laurence Harvey in the movie.
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)
Mr. Kirkland shot at while holding milk carton in kitchen.
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: The Mallardian Candidate (1996) (TV Episode)
spoofs - title, plot, playing cards motif, etc.
Zoolander (2001)
Title character is brainwashed to kill a political leader.
Phil the Alien (2004)
hypnotizing with cards to assassinate/wrong card brought out then the whole deck is dropped
Bob's Burgers: The Millie-churian Candiate (2015) (TV Episode)
Episode title

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