The Manchurian Candidate details
|Starring:||Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey, James Gregory, Janet Leigh, Frank Sinatra, Henry Silva|
|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|
Most helpful review
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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the manchurian candidateBy ricky (361 reviews) from Hastings , 29 Feb 2008very good action well worth watching
odd filmBy a customer from Cobham , 13 Jan 2008An OK film. Meryl Streep is at her scary best as the domineering and over ambitious mother. But not as good as the 1962 original with Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra. By removing it from it's Cold War context it looses a lot of it' relevance. One wonders why anybody would want to remake a good film. You could understand someone wanting to remake some total rubbish such as 'Amadeus' , 'Crocodile Dundee' or 'American Beauty' for example.
Exciting cold-war thriller.By Mike Barford from Leamington Spa, England , 18 Aug 2007A fine and memorable piece of 60's film-making that captures the hysteria and paranoia of the cold-war.
Somehow a preposterous clunky plot coupled with some terrible dialogue and a lame, superfluous romance...all add up to a terrific film! Sinatra punches above his weight , Angela Lansbury is chilling, but Lawrence Harvey is a revelation as the brainwashed assassin: far better than anything else he ever did on film.
The director is the true star of this gripping film though: the stark black and white film, unusual camera angles and tight editing adding weight, pace and significance to what is, essentially, a melodramatic potboiler.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)By a customer from London, England , 30 May 2007The script was uniformly brilliant and the pace was good. Much better than the remake.
Gripping paranoia thrillerBy a customer from Hackney , 29 May 2007
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI was immediately disappointed on receiving this DVD as I was actually expecting the original not the remake. Still, I had nothing better to do so I sat down and watched it and I'm glad that I did.
Through most of the film Denzel Washington was good as the Iraq vet experiencing flashbacks that seem different from what he remembers and the official line. The creepy guy who has become the pawn of the enemy is good as well and there is always a sense of paranoia that is well captured.
Unfortunately Meryl Streep is somewhat over the top as the evil schemer and the ending seems to be a happy one (of sorts) with no real explanation as to why it happens. I also found it a bit strange that at the end the goodies protect the identity of Washington's character by changing the CCTV imagery and generally 'protecting' the public from the truth in accordance with their beliefs - exactly what they had been battling to stop the baddies doing all the way through.
Still, an enjoyable and tense film with many interesting points about politics dropped in every now and again.