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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

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Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Richard Condon (novel), George Axelrod | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Wright ... Al Melvin
Pablo Schreiber ... Eddie Ingram
Anthony Mackie ... Robert Baker
Dorian Missick ... Owens
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Villalobos
Teddy Dunn ... Wilson
Joaquin Perez-Campbell Joaquin Perez-Campbell ... Atkins
Tim Artz Tim Artz ... Jameson
Denzel Washington ... Ben Marco
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock ... Laurent Tokar
Liev Schreiber ... Raymond Shaw
Antoine Taylor Antoine Taylor ... Boy Scout #1
Joe Alessi Joe Alessi ... Boy Scout #2 (as Joseph Alessi)
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Scout Dad (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Bill Irwin ... Scoutmaster
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Storyline

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 A Prentiss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

....is anyone seeing the truth? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramont [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Manchurian Kandidat See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,018,620, 1 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,955,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,105,964
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Ben Marco goes to research Manchurian Global, before he gets to the library's computer room, he passes by a large poster of the Ebola virus resting on the floor, plus a model of DNA, and next to that is a famous photo of Watson and Crick (the scientists who discovered its structure). This is appropriate as Noyle was chief of research at Genome Studies in Capetown University. See more »

Goofs

The length of Tom Jordan's paddle (it's too short for his height) and the way he paddles the kayak reveals that he's not an experienced kayaker as the movie states. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Marco: So why don't we just go directly right up in this route, straight in...
Laurent Tokar: Yes, I see the Captain enjoys the road less-traveled.
Ben Marco: 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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Connections

Remake of The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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Fight Song
by Joel Bravo & Hank Silva
Performed by Bravo Silva
Courtesy of Bravo Silva
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Par
24 December 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Manchurian Candidate (2004)" is a par knock-off of the 1962 classic adapted from the same novel with the usual upgrades and contemporary tweaks. Sporting a good cast and a somewhat cluttered screenplay, the film tells of the plight of a Desert Storm vet (Washington) whose dreams tell a story of what happened to his platoon in Kuwait quite different from the historical account of record with ramifications reaching deep into a U.S. presidential election. A little bulky at two hours, this suspense/drama flick waxes in convolutions and intrigues all the while dangling the "dreams or reality?" question before the audience. With par murmurs from critical corners and mixed commentary from the public in general, this three star flick is probably worth a look for fans of the players or anyone into political thrillers, etc. (B)


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