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The Manchurian Candidate (24-Oct-1962)

Director: John Frankenheimer

Writer: George Axelrod

From novel: The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

Music Composed and Conducted by: David Amram

Producers: George Axelrod; John Frankenheimer

Keywords: Drama, Assassination, Cold War, POTUS

Medal of Honor winner Raymond Shaw saved his platoon during the Korean War, by getting them back from behind enemy lines. But one that he saved has recurring nightmares about Shaw, and all may not be as it seems; could the entire platoon have been brainwashed? Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey, and Frank Sinatra are all turn in superb performances in this red scare paranoid thriller. Lansbury received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress; also nominated for Best Editing.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lloyd Corrigan
16-Oct-1900 5-Nov-1969 Arthur Manleder in Boston Blackie films
Khigh Dhiegh
1910 25-Oct-1991 Wo Fat on Hawaii 5-O
James Gregory
23-Dec-1911 16-Sep-2002 Inspector Lugar on Barney Miller
Laurence Harvey
1-Oct-1928 25-Nov-1973 Manchurian Candidate
Angela Lansbury
16-Oct-1925   Murder She Wrote
Janet Leigh
6-Jul-1927 4-Oct-2004 Psycho
John McGiver
5-Nov-1913 9-Sep-1975 Midnight Cowboy
Henry Silva
15-Sep-1928   The Manchurian Candidate
Frank Sinatra
12-Dec-1915 14-May-1998 It's Frank's world, we just live in it


Frank Sinatra   ...   Bennett Marco
Laurence Harvey   ...   Raymond Shaw
Janet Leigh   ...   Rose Chaney
Angela Lansbury   ...   Evelyn Iselin
Henry Silva   ...   Chunjin
James Gregory   ...   Sen. John Iselin
Leslie Parrish   ...   Jocelyn Jordan
John McGiver   ...   Sen. Thomas Jordan
Khigh Dhiegh   ...   Dr. Yen Lo
James Edwards   ...   Cpl. Alvin Melvin
Douglas Henderson   ...   Col. Milt
Albert Paulsen   ...   Zilkov
Barry Kelley   ...   Secretary of Defense
Lloyd Corrigan   ...   Holborn Gaines
Madame Spivy   ...   Berezovo


Review by Joey (posted on 4-Sep-2005)

I've seen this movie a few times. I think it's one of the best political and/or psychological thrillers ever made. Sinatra is always a favorite. Angela Lansbury is amazing in her portrayal of Raymond's sinister mother who devises a plan to get her nincompoop of a husband elected president... it gave me goose bumps! This really hit home. This film is a subcutaneous serenade to what can happen. It definitely gets under your skin.

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