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THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

Director: JOHN FRANKENHEIMER

USA • 1962 • BLACK AND WHITE • 126 MIN


AMONG A MARVELLOUS CAST—STAR-WATTAGE SINATRA, HILARIOUSLY DUMB GREGORY, THE GIGGLING PEKING INSTITUTE BRAINWASHER KHIGH DHIEGH— LANSBURY IN PARTICULAR STANDS OUT.
Korean war veteran Major Marco (Frank Sinatra) is troubled by a recurring nightmare in which Congressional Medal of Honour hero Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) carries out communist instructions to shoot fellow American POW’s. Working for Intelligence, Marco unravels a plot to brainwash his old platoon and to turn Shaw into an assassin. Shaw’s father-in-law is the ranting McCarthyite Senator Iselin (James Gregory), a mouthpiece for Shaw’s ambitious mother (Angela Lansbury), providing a political background which gives the killer access to the highest in the land. Who plans to control Shaw, when and where do they plan to use him? Lansbury plays an Iron Lady to savour, for a change. ‘A masterpiece.’—Time Out.


Angela Lansbury will introduce this film.

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