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½ March 10, 2018
The Manchurian Candidate is a great classic. It has a very interesting plot. The acting is great and I found that they did a very good job of making you feel sorry for the character of Raymond shaw. I also really liked the direction especially in the dream sequences. At the beginning it is a little tough to figure out what is going on and you might have to watch it a couple of thimes but after that it is farily straight forward. Overall this film is great and is an instant classic.

February 11, 2018
Mind bending. 1001 movies to see before you die.
½ January 12, 2018
Unbelievably ahead of its time. Holds up today. By far superior to the retread.
January 4, 2018
A slow burn that does not age well at times, pays off in dividends with a great reveal and exhilarating ending. One of the great Cold War political thrillers if not the best.
November 26, 2017
Pretty amazing how they shot that dream sequence. This movie does a great job at showing the horrors of war and what PTSD can really do to a man, its horrifying.

I've never seen Frank Sinatra act. Seeing him in this film, I can say without a doubt that he is one multitalented son of a bitch. He really can do it all. I also want to mention what a beauty Janet Leigh is and what a fox. A real sight for sore eyes.

It's insane to think that stuff like this probably happens even to this day. Brainwashing and creating a killer is something the war already does but to manipulate it and use it within government is something I don't even want to think about. That being said, Raymond's mother is an evil and conniving little bitch.

I'm glad that movies like these are made. It just proves that either, A: people are thinking about these things and putting a creative spin on it all, or B: that these kinds of nightmarish things actually happen and are never documented.

You should also pay attention to your dreams. They could definitely be telling you something.

Overall, a pretty dark movie but with a lot of important information that should be discussed and examined. After all these kinds of things are bound to happen or have already happened.
October 13, 2017
Movie was awful. I dont know how it got such high ratings. The plot was so implausible (hypnotizing to kill, snake scene that was so medically unfounded, girl forgives him after he has disowned her family for over two years) and the acting so wooden or overdramatic especially Frank Sinatra. It was so melodramatic and shallow I found myself laughing at serious scenes. The movie was boring with stereotypical villains of the Russian and Chinese communist sort. A corny political thriller thats horrible aged and horribly overrated.
September 4, 2017
Don't ever tell me to play solitaire.
September 1, 2017
Ol' Blue Eyes Maned Up for this and Mastered it Magnificently.
August 12, 2017
A rather disturbing and effective political thriller. The way Lansbury so unapologetically takes advantage of her son is something to behold.
August 5, 2017
1962 U.S. political thriller that included the subject of Communism that seemed to scare America at the height of the Cold War with the Communist Soviet Union.
The story begins in the Korean War as a platoon of US soldiers is captured and taken to Manchuria in Communist China. One of the captives Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is brainwashed by his holders to be an assassin.
Shaw becomes a U.S. hero awarded the highest medal in the U.S. the Medal of Honor as he seemingly saves the lives of the platoon risking his own life in the process.
The liberated prisoners return to the U.S. after the war hiwever Shaw's dangerous brainwashing continues with lethal consequences as he murders several politicians in the process.
The film features Angela Lansbury as Shaw's power hungry mother Eleanor Iselin who enjoys a fraught relationship with her son and is now married to a Republican Senator.
Lansbury is perhaps best known as television sleuth from the 1980s Jessica Fletcher off Murder, She Wrote. A do gooder character with questionable relatives!
Well in this film Lansbury is a villain. A good one at that.
She conspires with the Communists to elevate her husband's political career and her own power.
She uses her son's brainwashing for her own purposes toward the end of the film in an assassination sequence at the Republican Presidential nomination convention at Madison square garden.
The film was released only a year prior to the assassination of John. F. Kennedy. There is a theory that another actor in the film, Frank Sinatra purchased the rights to the film shortly after release and kept the film unavailable until 1988 as guilt for Kennedy's death. Did the plight of character Raymond Shaw inspire Lee Harvey Oswald?
A film I had never considered viewing is not a film in a blockbuster sense. It is more of a satire of the 1960s climate of the United States that I had only paid lip service to.
Definitely worth a viewing.
June 22, 2017
The Manchurian Candidate is very well acted with Angela Lansbury giving a standout, memorable performance, but the film is overlong, static in quality, so incredibly dull and never at all engaging or thrilling and thus it fails as a thriller and it is one very overrated film in my opinion.
June 14, 2017
great cast. even greater direction. Angela Lansbury steals the movie. Best line of dialogue : "12 days of Christmas? 1 day is entirely loathsome enough" There's a reason this has stayed a classic
May 10, 2017
Nine soldiers in the Korean War are heroically rescued by the stoic Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey). He wins the Congressional Medal of Honor for his deeds, but it turns out that this hero has been mentally conditioned by foreign powers to become an assassin . It's up to one of his former comrades (Frank Sinatra) to get to the bottom of things before a puppet gets installed in the White House. The Manchurian Candidate has long been a go-to when it comes to classic films about spies, conspiracy, and Cold War paranoia. John Frankenheimer's tight direction and some striking visuals play a role in this film's longevity, but its dominant virtue is undoubtedly Angela Lansbury's chilling, dynamic performance as Raymond's mother.
April 21, 2017
Filled with political punches from both wings, as well as a twisted, complex, dark plot, this cold war paranoia film basically succumbs to its own suicidal mission: to demonstrate the raw tragedy of intolerance.
April 14, 2017
A disturbing and satirically substructured movie that was made over 50 years ago and it's just as fresh as it was 1962.
April 10, 2017
10 out of 10:

The Manchurian Candidate manages to be intense, intriguing, smart, full of twists and turns, well acted and beautifully shot, while also being one of the most influential and thought provoking movies.
½ April 4, 2017
A quintessential political thriller, with a few loose ends. What was Janet Leigh there for anyway?
March 27, 2017
Is Donald Trump the actual Manchurian Candidate???
March 12, 2017
Excellent film. Deeply moving story.
January 30, 2017
Compelling movie, it pulled me in the moment I began watching
and did not let go.
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