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...
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Ratings and Reviews
- Average 8.7/10
- Fresh 53
- Rotten 1
Critics Consensus: A classic blend of satire and political thriller that was uncomfortably prescient in its own time, The Manchurian Candidate remains distressingly relevant today.
Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.
Cast & Crew
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- English (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)
- Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with addition of relevant nondialogue information.