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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.
January 29, 2017
The late Laurence Harvey (Raymond Shaw) and the late Frank Sinatra (Bennett Marco) are both excellent in this compelling and well made suspense thriller. Angela Lansbury is just as excellent as Shaw schemeing mother. Despite the fact that the age difference between Harvey and Lansbury is only three years they were very convincing in the respective roles. I did not care much for the role of Sinatra's love interest played by Janet Leigh. It seemed like a throwaway role. She instantly falls in love with Sinatra's character after he has a breakdown in which he knocks over furniture and breaks drinking glasses. Still despite this otherwise tiny flaw there is a great deal to like about this classic movie. See it once and you will immediately understand why it is so well regarded.
January 14, 2017
While the thrills sometimes feel underwhelming, its message is not remotely subtle.
Super Reviewer
December 5, 2016
The film's concept sounds like outrageous Cold War propaganda but in execution it's a thoroughly surreal and cynical thriller that has very little to do with political or patriotic ideology. Further proof of Frankenheimer's underated brilliance.
½ November 28, 2016
Saw this on 26/11/16
Director Frankenheimer's craft is always resonant in this unusually mature political thriller from the old Hollywood. It's biggest virtue is that it is clearly able to stand apart from the other film of it's period because it chooses to tackle serious issues. There are some stupidities such as the unnecessary romance in the film, especially with Janet Leigh who's character is extremely unnecessary in the film. Other than that it is extremely important film that even had the balls to include violence in it.
November 15, 2016
Arguably the most suspenseful film Sinatra made. Great cast and direction make this an instant classic. On Blu-ray and in The Criterion Collection.
½ November 7, 2016
Classic movie! Great acting, mind-bending plot, and very thought-provoking film. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It was just a bit predictable, but still good nonetheless.
November 5, 2016
Likeable Cold War era political thriller is as relevant today as it was then.
November 2, 2016
I don't think I have ever watched a film this soon after reading the book it is based on. It highlights for me what a great adaptation this really is. Even where it diverged (Angela Lansbury is not a particularly apt casting given the way her character is described), it generally chooses a more effective way of telling the story on film. (Except for the last 5 minutes of the film.) The film is a groundbreaking combination of thriller and political satire ... it's influence can be felt on every film in this genre over the next two decades.
August 10, 2016
Angela Lansbury steals the show as an icy megalomaniac. Laurence Harvey does a convincing zombie impression, and I'm still not sure whether Janet Leigh is a sympathetic girlfriend or a Manchurian agent.
July 21, 2016
Frank Sinatra's and Angela Lansbury's stellar performances paired with the plot's terrifying twists and turns add up to make one of the greatest Cold War-era films ever.
July 17, 2016
This film has a great unique of political thriller and melodrama genre with an interesting premise and performances.
½ July 11, 2016
7-9-2016. Original rating: 8/10 (5-8-2012)
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