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The Manchurian Candidate

(DVD - 1998 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Manchurian Candidate

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Title: The Manchurian candidate
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, MGM Home Entertainment [distributor],, [1998]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) :,sd., b&w, double sided ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Interview with Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod and John Frankenheimer; feature-length audio commentary by John Frankenheimer; trivia and production notes; original theatrical trailer
Originally released as a motion picture in 1962
Based upon the novel by Richard Condon
Awards & Distinctions: Other Lists - American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest Movies
ISBN: 0792838289
Branch Call Number: PS3553.O487 M263 1998
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Report This Dec 28, 2013
  • pegasus71 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This seems a very dated film in today’s world, though an understandable work which came out of the Cold World era. The plot is a kind of satiric pastiche of Communist conspiracy, POW brainwashing, and McCarthyism, themes that were major issues during the 50s. (Condon’s book upon which the movie was based was published in 1959). Probably the most startling aspect of the film when viewed today is its prescient exposition of political assassination, with the film being released merely a year before an actual assassination of a U.S. president occurred. Though I’ve not read Condon’s book, the screenplay by George Axelrod seemed at times to strain one’s credulity from the standpoint of simple plot logic, with the character of Eugenie Rose Chaney played by Janet Leigh thrown in simply to give the film and Frank Sinatra’s character Major Bennett Marco the benefit of a currently popular female movie star. She certainly served no purpose as concerns the development of plot. Overall, the film doesn’t seem to hold up very well and, in my opinion, has value mostly as an historical cinematic memento which chronicles themes of the Cold War.

Report This Nov 15, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The grandaddy of the paranoid political thriller film.

Report This Oct 29, 2013
  • eusebius rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Still terrifying after all these years. What happened to those two soldiers in Korea haunts me to this day. Great performances, it should go without saying.

Report This Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The darkest and possibly most anti-American Dream film to ever come out of the Kennedy Era. Brilliant, tight, and suspenseful writing about psychosis and xenophobia from a time that asked for anything but this. If only Hollywood was as rebellious now...


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Report This Dec 11, 2011
  • DavidB rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life


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