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.
**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
Demme serves the picture completely.
Strikes me as a very artful cover -- about the cleverest imaginable transliteration of the story from its historical moment to ours.
Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add.
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.
[A] wild ride that never, never commits the crime of being dull.
A stylish hoot: entertainingly edgy and ludicrous all at once.
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.