Beyond its subject matter this terse political thriller still holds up even fifty years later, surrounded in secrecy, with some outstanding and unparalleled performances. Set in the midst of the Cold War, this film is much less about the political and sociological aspects of its ...
An unusually tense and intelligent political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate was a film far ahead of its time. Its themes of thought control, political assassination, and multinational conspiracy w... read more
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release Date: October 24, 1962
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
Stats: 1,607 reviews
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December 5, 2012
Not my cup of tea, classic-movie wise.
October 18, 2012
The Manchurian Candidate may be the greatest movie I've ever seen, and I'm prompted to review it due to its rating in newspapers of 3 and-a-half out of 4 stars. That's simply unsatisfactory, so I'll do my best to justify a perfect score. Maybe most significant for me, the brainwa...
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An expertly woven together tale of politics, family, and guilt concerning a decorated war hero (Laurence Harvey) who comes back brainwashed by the Koreans during his time fighting the war, and how he is groomed by his overbearing mother (Angela Lansbury) to help her second husban...
April 16, 2012
It's both exciting and disheartening that a 42 year-old satire like this still works as pointedly as it does. Even crazier to think that The Manchurian Candidate probably wouldn't have gotten made at all if it weren't for its star, Frank Sinatra. Studios were reluctant to touch t...
April 24, 2011
"Raymond Shaw is the kindest,bravest,warmest,most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life." Strange,thrilling and at times hilarious,there's never quite been a top notch thriller like 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate".....not even the 2004 remake with Denzel Washington d...
October 12, 2010
"The Manchurian Candidate", based on a novel of the same name (written by Richard Condon) is one of the finest political thrillers out there.
An American Platoon is captured by the Soviets. They are all taken to Manchuria in Communist China and are subjected to a series of 'b...
March 2, 2010
The greatest Suspense thriller. With Sinatra who should have stuck to singing, and the perfect Angela Lansby. Programmed by the red under the bed Communists with the clever Queen of Hearts device. Notable for its political satire, visual inventiveness, and Lansbury's best perform...
October 14, 2009
Had to watch this for Contemporary History class in college and...meh.
April 30, 2009
John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate, based on Richard Condon's novel, follows the lives of a group of Korean War veterans as they discover that their subconscious has been 'altered' in a covert mind-control experiment. Using a fictitious U.S. Senator (played by...
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