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            The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

            A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.


            John Frankenheimer


            Richard Condon (based upon a novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay)
            Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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            Barry Kelley ... Secretary of Defense
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            Major Ben Marco (Frank Sinatra) is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served valiantly as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a major problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw. He's put on indefinite sick leave and visits Shaw in New York. Shaw for his part has established himself well, despite the misgivings of his domineering mother, Mrs. Eleanor Iselin (Angela Lansbury). She is a red-baiter, accusing anyone who disagrees with her right-wing reactionary views of being a Communist. Raymond hates her, not only for how she's treated him but equally because of his step-father, the ineffectual U.S. Senator John Iselin (James Gregory), who is intent on seeking higher office. When Marco learns that others in his Korean War unit have had nightmares similar to his own, he realizes that something happened to all of them in Korea and that Raymond... Written by garykmcd/Robert Sieger

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            Release Date:

            23 September 1965 (Hong Kong) See more »

            Also Known As:

            El embajador del miedo See more »


            Box Office


            $2,200,000 (estimated)

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $87,850, 15 February 1988

            Gross USA:


            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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            Company Credits

            Production Co:

            M.C. Productions See more »
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            Technical Specs


            Sound Mix:

            Mono (Westrex Recording System)

            Aspect Ratio:

            1.75 : 1
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            Did You Know?


            Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »


            Shaw's character wears the stripes of a Sergeant First Class on both his fatigue uniform in Korea and his dress uniform coat when returning to the U.S., although he is referred to in the film as "Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw," which is actually one rank lower than the stripes he wears. See more »


            Psychiatrist: Human fish, swimming at the bottom of the great ocean of atmosphere, develop psychic injuries as they collide with one another. Most mortal of all are those gotten from the parent fish.
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            Crazy Credits

            The live TV cameras in the senate hearing and press conference carry the NBC logo used at the time the film was made, not the logo used at the time the story takes place. See more »

            Alternate Versions

            West German version was edited (ca. 4 minutes) to remove every scene with the ladies in the greenhouse. To this day all home video releases contain the cut version. An uncut version (with subtitles for the missing scenes) was shown on Arte. See more »


            Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 11 December 1961 (1961) See more »


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            Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by John Stafford Smith
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            A Timeless Political Thriller
            19 July 2014 | by CalRhysSee all my reviews

            The picture that introduced sleeper agents to film, 'The Manchurian Candidate' is a classic political thriller that still remains as intriguing as it was 52 years ago. Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Oscar-nominee Angela Lansbury, 'The Manchurian Candidate' is an outstanding and unparalleled thriller set in the midst of the Cold War, a tale of politics, family, distress and guilt with flawless direction from Frankenheimer. A benchmark of American cinema, 'The Manchurian Candidate' is a film that is is not only a timeless political thriller but also a satire of American history and propaganda.

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