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The Manchurian Candidate

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

John Frankenheimer

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About the Movie

A U.S. Army platoon, captured by Communists during the Korean War, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis-induced "brainwashing." The aftermath transforms one of the captors (decorated with the Congressional Medal of Honor) (Laurence Harvey) into an operational assassin with a mission...and with a domineering mother (a menacing Angela Lansbury) who has intensions to promote her henpecked, Joseph McCarthy-like husband's political career. This classic spinetingler, which comes to a stunning--and suspenseful--climax at a political convention at Madison Square Garden, is a stunning cinematic triumph for director John Frankenheimer. With Frank Sinatra as another "brainwashed" officer who realizes that something is very, very wrong...

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The direction and acting are good, so interest is maintained. Frankeheimer's handling of the early sequences, in which he attempts and succeeds in creating on film the corruption of the mind, is imaginative filmmaking. – James Powers, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 1, 2018

Fresh: Has an excoriating, destabilizing wit that seems as knowingly sophisticated today as it must have then. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Mar 7, 2001

Fresh: Its story of Cold War intrigue, murky East-West dealings, assassination, brainwashing -- and the idea of a glorified cue-card reader playing president -- resonates today like never before. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Mar 7, 2001

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Customer Reviews

About Time!!!

This original version with Frank Sinatra is by far the best!! Took Apple long enough to finally make it available on iTunes tho!

At last!

I was beginning to believe iTunes would never carry this great classic, which happens to be the best though the film actually sanitized the book failing to show and to portray what a conniving and deranged mother The Manchurian Candidate actually had.

Bait and Switch

The film is advertised as an anticommunist piece, however, the film's ending reveals the true intentions of the filmmakers. This film is actually an anti-american, anti-western propaganda film in which the protagonist goes on a disgusting murder spree ending with the killing of his own parents and finally his suicide.

The Manchurian Candidate
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Classics
  • Released: 1962

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