The Manchurian Candidate

1962, Mystery & thriller/Drama, 2h 6m

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A classic blend of satire and political thriller that was uncomfortably prescient in its own time, The Manchurian Candidate remains distressingly relevant today. Read critic reviews

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Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and, together with fellow soldier Allen Melvin (James Edwards), races to uncover a terrible plot.

Cast & Crew

Frank Sinatra
Major Bennett Marco
Laurence Harvey
Raymond Shaw
Janet Leigh
Eugenie Rose Chaney
James Gregory
Senator John Yerkes Iselin
Leslie Parrish
Jocelyn Jordan
John McGiver
Senator Thomas Jordan
Khigh Dhiegh
Dr. Yen Lo
James Edwards
Corporal Allen Melvin
Barry Kelley
Secretary of Defense
Lloyd Corrigan
Holborn Gaines
Madame Spivy
Female Berezovo
Joe Adams
Psychiatrist
Whit Bissell
Medical Officer
Mimi Dillard
Mrs. Melvin
Howard W. Koch
Executive Producer
George Axelrod
Screenwriter
David Amram
Original Music
Lionel Lindon
Cinematographer
Richard Sylbert
Production Design
George R. Nelson
Set Decoration
Moss Mabry
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