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The Manchurian Candidate [Blu-ray] [] [1900]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • John Frankenheimer's brilliant adaptation of Richard Condon's Cold-War satire, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is the director's best film, both a coruscating thriller and a razor-sharp satire of political hysteria that captures the turbulent mood of the 1960s. Packed with sly details, such as the liberal senator "bleeding" milk when he's shot, the film demands repeated viewings.

    Laurence Harvey stars as Sergeant Raymond Shaw, whose U.S. army unit is captured while fighting in Korea, taken to Manchuria, and brainwashed by Chinese communists. The men return to the U.S. with no conscious memory of their experience, and Shaw is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery. But when Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) starts having nightmares, he begins an authorized investigation into what happened in Manchuria and eventually reveals that the sergeant's brainwashing has transformed him into an unconscious assassin who can be triggered by his communist controllers at will. Although Sinatra is slightly miscast as a tortured intellectual, Harvey and the remaining cast are excellent, as is Richard Sylbert's inventively designed "brainwashing" sequence, Lionel Lindon's extraordinary depth-of-field camerawork, and David Amram's witty, neoclassical score.
  • Credits
    Frank Sinatra, Francis Albert Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Jeanette Helen Morrison, James Gregory, Henry Silva, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, James Edwards
  • Critic Reviews
    "...It looked good then; it looks even better now....[Sinatra] is extremely moving..."
    Film Comment

    "...Easily the best and most complex of all Cold War thrillers..."
    Total Film

    "...THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE proves that its fascination is intact..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE feels astonishingly contemporary; its astringent political satire still bites, and its story has uncanny contemporary echoes."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Frank Sinatra excels as a Korean war vet....And Angela Lansbury is a marvel..."
    Rolling Stone

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