"The Manchurian Candidate" is a poundingly suspenseful political thriller, and remains one of the best and brightest of modern American films. Ask Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) and he'll say that Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is a hero worthy of the Medal of Honor. But despite what he says, Marco suspects otherwise. A bizarre, recurring nightmare gives him the uneasy feeling that Shaw is something far less heroic and far more insidious. Is it possible that Shaw is a traitor? how does Shaw's power-mad mother (Angela Lansbury) figure into all this? So many questions. So precious little time...
The Directors: John Frankenheimer, an hour-long portrait from 2003, including interviews with Frankenheimer, Kirk Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Roy Scheider, Rod Steiger and many others Interview with John Frankenheimer, Frank Sinatra and screenwriter George Axelrod from the film's 1988 revival
Queen of Diamonds, an interview with Angela Lansbury
A Little Solitaire, an appreciation of Frankenheimer and the film by director William Friedkin (The Exorcist)
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