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The Manchurian Candidate
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2004
Audio
English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio / Spanish: Mono / French: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:
English, French & Spanish / Subtitled

Synopsis

Eerie, shocking, daring, thrilling and mesmerizing, The Manchurian Candidate “will leave you breathless” (People)! Featuring an all-star cast, including Angela Lansbury in an Oscar®-Nominated* performance, this “chilling and controversial” (Leonard Maltin) film “may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made” (Pauline Kael).

When a platoon of Korean War GIs is captured, they somehow end up at a ladies’ garden club party. Or do they? Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can’t remember. As he searches for the answer, he discovers threads of a diabolical plot orchestrated by the utterly ruthless Mrs. Iselin (Lansbury) and involving her war hero son (Laurence Harvey), her senator husband (James Gregory) and a secret cabal of enemy leaders.

*1962: Supporting Actress.

Disc Information

**Exclusive interview with Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod and John Frankenheimer
**Audio Commentary by Director John Frankenheimer
**Queen of Diamonds Featurette
**A Little Solitaire Featurette
**How to Get Shot
**Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Denzel Washington ... Major Bennett Marco
Meryl Streep ... Eleanor Prentiss Shaw
Liev Schreiber ... Sgt. Raymond Shaw
Kimberly Elise ... Rosie
Jon Voight ... Senator Thomas Jordan
Jeffrey Wright ... Al Melvin
Ted Levine ... Colonel Howard

Reviews

Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic | August 28, 2004

Demme serves the picture completely.

Cliff Doerksen Chicago Reader | August 13, 2004

Strikes me as a very artful cover -- about the cleverest imaginable transliteration of the story from its historical moment to ours.

David Edelstein Slate | August 07, 2004

Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add.

J. Hoberman Village Voice | August 03, 2004

Following a dozen years of docs, light comedy, and p.c. weepies, Candidate represents Demme's best dramatic filmmaking since The Silence of the Lambs.

Richard Roeper Ebert & Roeper | August 02, 2004

[A] wild ride that never, never commits the crime of being dull.

Desson Thomson Washington Post | July 30, 2004

A stylish hoot: entertainingly edgy and ludicrous all at once.

Geoff Pevere Toronto Star | July 30, 2004

This one plays more like a contemporary techno-thriller with ultra-clammy '70s conspiracy thriller overtones, and Demme milks the atmosphere of pervasive, sleep-deprived dread beautifully.

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