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The Manchurian Candidate ()


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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.
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Major Bennett Marco
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Raymond Shaw
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Eugenie Rose Chaney
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Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin
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Chunjin
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Senator John Yerkes Iselin
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Jocelyn Jordan
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Senator Thomas Jordan
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Dr. Yen Lo
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Corporal Allen Melvin
Douglas Henderson ...
Colonel Milt
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Zilkov
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Secretary of Defense
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Holborn Gaines
Madame Spivy ...
Female Berezovo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Adams ...
Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Alyce Allen ...
Woman (uncredited)
Midori Arimoto ...
Communist Party Observer of soldiers being hypnotist (uncredited)
Frank Basso ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
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Medical Officer (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ...
Silvers (uncredited)
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Jilly (uncredited)
Nick Bolin ...
Berezovo (uncredited)
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Convention Chairman (uncredited)
Evelyn Byrd ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Lana Crawford ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Ray Dailey ...
Page Boy (uncredited)
Mimi Dillard ...
Mrs. Melvin (uncredited)
Joan Douglas ...
Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
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Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Gomel's Lady Counterpart (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ...
Man in Lobby (uncredited)
John Francis ...
Hiken (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Ralph Gambina ...
Man in Lobby (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Harris ...
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Maggie Hathaway ...
Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Maye Henderson ...
Chairlady (uncredited)
Sam 'Kid' Hogan ...
Man in Lobby (uncredited)
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General (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Miyoshi Jingu ...
Miss Gertrude (uncredited)
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Man Seated Next to Projector (uncredited)
Rita Kenaston ...
Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
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Mrs. Henry Whitaker - Chairlady (uncredited)
Lou Krugg ...
Manager (uncredited)
Jack Latham ...
TV Newscaster (uncredited)
John Lawrence ...
Grossfeld (uncredited)
Richard LePore ...
Private Ed Mavole (uncredited)
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Delegate (uncredited)
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Private Bobby Lembeck (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ...
Delegate (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ...
Delegate (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Marquita Moll ...
Soprano (uncredited)
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Gomel (uncredited)
Frances E. Nealy ...
Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Karen Norris ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Richard Norris ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Julie Payne ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Riordan ...
Benjamin K. Arthur (uncredited)
Anna Shin ...
Korean Girl (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Irving Steinberg ...
Freeman (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ...
Senator (uncredited)
William Thourlby ...
Little (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Second Reporter (uncredited)
Raynum K. Tsukamoto ...
Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Jeanne Vaughn ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Anton von Stralen ...
Officer (uncredited)
James Yagi ...
Chinese Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Frankenheimer

Written by

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Richard Condon ... (based upon a novel by)
 
George Axelrod ... (screenplay)
 
John Frankenheimer ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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George Axelrod ... producer
John Frankenheimer ... producer
Howard W. Koch ... executive producer

Music by

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David Amram

Cinematography by

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Lionel Lindon ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ferris Webster ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Carl Mahakian ... assistant film editor

Production Design by

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Richard Sylbert

Art Direction by

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Philip M. Jefferies ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson

Costume Design by

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Moss Mabry

Makeup Department

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Ron Berkeley ... makeup artist
Jack Freeman ... makeup artist
Bernard Ponedel ... makeup artist
Gene Shacove ... hair stylist: Janet Leigh
Mary Westmoreland ... hair stylist
Dorothy Parkinson ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joseph C. Behm ... assistant director (as Joseph Behm)
Read Killgore ... assistant director (uncredited)
David Salven ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Arden Cripe ... property master
Philip M. Jefferies ... assistant art director
Richard Borland ... props (uncredited)
Lucius O. Croxton ... set dresser (uncredited)
John M. Elliott ... set dresser (uncredited)
Seymour Klate ... set dresser (uncredited)
Richard M. Rubin ... props (uncredited)
Gaylin P. Schultz ... props (uncredited)
Joseph S. Toldy ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joe Edmondson ... sound mixer
Del Harris ... sound effects editor
Buddy Myers ... re-recordist
Bill Flannery ... boom operator (uncredited)
Paul Wolfe ... recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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A. Paul Pollard ... special effects (as Paul Pollard)

Stunts

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Gordon Doversola ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Beau Vanden Ecker ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Gray ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... stunts (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Mehl ... operative cameraman
Felix Barlow ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Campbell ... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Craemer ... still photographer (uncredited)
Eugene Levitt ... camera assistant (uncredited)
William Read Woodfield ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Wesley Jeffries ... costumer (as Wesley V. Jefferies)
Angela Alexander ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Morris Brown ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ron Talsky ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Rose Viebeck ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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David Amram ... conductor
Richard Carruth ... music editor
Vinton Vernon ... music recordist
David Amram ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Paul Horn ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Manny Klein ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Harold Land ... musician: tenor saxophone (uncredited)
Jack Nimitez ... musician: baritone saxophone (uncredited)

Other crew

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Thom Conroy ... dialogue coach
Amalia Wade ... script supervisor
Grace Dubray ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Mollie Kent ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Gene Martell ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Raymond Shaw is the focal point. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines When you've seen it all, you'll swear there's never been anything like it! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un crime dans la tête (France)
  • Botschafter der Angst (Germany)
  • El mensajero del miedo (Spain)
  • Манжурський кандидат (Ukraine)
  • El embajador del miedo (Colombia)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Budget $2,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Frank Sinatra broke the little finger of his right hand on the desk in the fight sequence with Henry Silva. Due to ongoing filming commitments, he could not rest or bandage his hand properly, causing the injury to heal incorrectly. It caused him chronic discomfort for the rest of his life. See more »
Goofs Senator Jordan tells Mrs. Iselin that he will begin "impeachment proceedings on the floor of the Senate" against Johnny Iselin if he tries for the vice-presidential nomination. Iselin similarly threatens to have Jordan impeached. First, impeachment proceedings begin in the House of Representatives. Second, Senators can be expelled, but not impeached. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Image (1968). See more »
Soundtracks The Washington Post See more »
Crazy Credits The live TV cameras in the senate hearing and press conference carry the NBC logo used at the time the film was made, not the logo used at the time the story takes place. See more »
Quotes Bennett Marco: Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.
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