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The Manchurian Candidate

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Original title
The Manchurian Candidate
Running time
126 min.
United States United States
George Axelrod (Novel: Richard Condon)
David Amram
Lionel Lindon (B&W)
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United Artists
Mystery | Psychological Thriller. Korean War. Cold War. Politics
Synopsis / Plot
In Korea in 1952, a US Army patrol is ambushed by Communist soldiers. A year later the squad, having escaped, returns to the US, where Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is to receive the Medal of Honor for single-handedly saving the lives of the squad. Shaw is the son of Elanor Iselin, wife of US Senator John Yerkes Iselin, and Mrs. Iselin turns the return of Raymond into a political rally that brings out building hostility between son and mother over the ambitions of Johnny Iselin. But there is more involved, for the actions of Raymond Shaw are not what everyone believes they are, and the nightmares of a US Army officer, Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), leads to investigation of Raymond that unlocks a stunning political conspiracy that sweeps up Johnny and Elanor Iselin, and which only Bennett Marco can possibly stop.

In the year 2004 Jonathan Demme directed a remake starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.
1962: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Angela Lansbury), Editing
1962: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Lansbury). Nom. for Best Director
1962: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Film
1962: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1962: National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress (Lansbury)
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