Rent The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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2h 6min
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Synopsis:
After saving the lives of his platoon during the Korean War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is hailed as a bona fide American hero. This couldn't have come at a better time for his mother (Angela Lansbury) who is hell-bent on boosting the career of his stepfather, a senator straight from the McCarthyite wing of the US political spectrum with designs on the Presidency. So far so familiar - but why does Shaw's former captain (Frank Sinatra) have recurring nightmares that suggest that his distinguished comrade-in-arms might not be all that he seems?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer
Voiced By:
Paul Frees
Narrated By:
Paul Frees
Writers:
Richard Condon, George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer
Others:
Ferris Webster
Studio:
Arrow Academy
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/02/2015
Run Time:
126 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
  • 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)
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/02/2015
Run Time:
126 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Director John Frankenheimer
  • 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)
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The Manchurian Candidate

A superb cat-and-mouse psychological thriller - The Manchurian Candidate review by SG

Spoiler Alert
23/11/2020

Released in 1962, this political thriller really gets under your skin. One year on from this film's opening, JFK died and its leading actor, Frank Sinatra, bought the rights to this picture and took it out of circulation - you will see why when you watch the ending. This movie was then not released until nearly 30 years later - only then was it shown in all its black and white glory. Laurence Harvey is excellent as the disturbed Korean war hero who can't understand why everyone loves him as he knows deep down they hate him. Soon enough, his whole platoon start having flashback nightmares from their tour of duty and it's up to Frank Sinatra's character to work out why. Throw into the mix a scheming conniving mother (Angela Lansbury) who wants unadulterated political power and you have yourself a conspiracy theory. Even Janet Leigh, fresh from Psycho two years earlier, is excellent as the girlfriend of ol' blue eyes.

This is an outstanding film. Just don't even think about playing Solitaire…

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