The Manchurian Candidate details
|Starring:||Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey, James Gregory, Janet Leigh, Frank Sinatra, Henry Silva|
|Genres:||Drama, Thriller - Political|
|Collections:||100 must-see movies, 100 Top Thrillers, American Film Institute's top 100|
The Manchurian Candidate
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||22 Sep 2004|
|Dubbed:||French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A Memorable and Important ThrillerBy Noel Clay from Bromsgrove, England , 02 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This 1962 political and psychological thriller dealing with brainwashing and assassination generally tends to appear on most 'Top 100 Movies of All Time' lists. Frank Sinatra is decent as always, but it's Laurence Harvey as the brainwashed sleeper agent who is the highlight of the movie.
It features some great performances and memorable sequences, and ultimately it's an important film because of the sensitive issues that it deals with. It's always been a controversial film, banned in all of the 'Iron Curtain' countries and even taken out of circulation in America after John Kennedy's assassination -- on Sinatra's own wishes.
This is easily John Frankenheimer's best film. And as if it had somehow cursed him, when in 1968 he drove his friend Robert Kennedy to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the senator was assassinated there that same day.
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Worth watchingBy madsimon (4 reviews) from Bristol , 18 Nov 2012Good but not very convincing nowadays. For most of the movie i thought it was a comedy. But at the end it went very serious.
Sinatra played quite well, but the cast wasnt even.
Funny but I found similiarity to 'The Graduate' with Dustin Hoffman in terms of planning son's life and relations in this unusual family.
Worth watching anyway.
Slow first half, good second halfBy Abby88 (167 reviews) from Bognor Regis , 05 Oct 2012This is a slow starter and some of the characters are a bit too unrealistic, however the story gets very tense and interesting.
Disappointing returnBy jerym (34 reviews) from caerphilly uk , 30 Aug 2012Thought it was good the first time I saw it many years ago but it has`nt worn well. Ridiculous plot and rather a lot of unconvincing characters
Older and wiser or just older?
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great film!By a customer , 16 Jan 2012a masterpiece! Brilliant plot, great acting and Henry Silva to boot! Much more interesting than the remake. All the lead roles are expertly handled by Sinatra, Harvey and Lansbury.
a political nightmare deluxeBy lukasz84 (75 reviews) , 25 Aug 2011a political nightmare deluxe.
this is a horrific exploration of the arrogance of power, and what can happen when politics surrender to it subserviently.
as relevant then, as its recent remake has been today now, the two films show that whilst some contextual and historical accessories can be easily re-arranged and updated, the nature of the problem, namely the transgressions of power in big politics, is an enduring, frightening and fascinating discourse that should be occupy an important space in the language of cinema. in this instance, the problem is aestheticized with care and delivered with much confidence; it makes for an interesting blend of surrealism and high-wired politics.