The Manchurian Candidate
Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is a Korean War hero with a lethal secret: He's been brainwashed by the communist Chinese. With one phone call, the Reds can transform Shaw into a deadly assassin -- unless fellow veteran Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can stop them first. Some thrillers remain as suspenseful -- and timely -- as when they were first released, and this classic from director John Frankenheimer is one of the best.
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- John Frankenheimer
- This movie is
- TIME® Magazine List
- All-TIME 100 Movies
- 1963 BAFTA®
- Best Film nominee
- 1963 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Top 100 Thrills
- Top 100 Movies nominee
- 1963 Academy Award®
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Supporting Actress nominee: Angela Lansbury
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Widescreen 1.75:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Terrific. Widescreen and full-screen, with English, Spanish and French sound in mono and English, French and Spanish subtitles. There's a full commentary by John Frankenheimer, the original trailer and an interview segment with producer and star Frank Sinatra, director John Frankenheimer and writer George Axelrod. This film looks great (there are occasional print flaws, but hey -- it's from '62), and this DVD is an informative, fun and respectful treatment of an American classic.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Manchurian Candidate is the 1962 Cold War thriller starring Frank Sinatra as a Korean War veteran who begins to suspect that he and the other soldiers in his platoon were brainwashed. There is gun violence, as some characters are murdered in cold blood, shown falling to the floor dying. Another character is strangled to death. As a movie from the early 1960s, there is frequent cigarette smoking and drinking. The political intrigue, Cold War satire, and intricacies of the plot's twists and turns will make this best appreciated by teens, and as a classic movie from the Cold War era, it should inspire lively discussion about its relevance to today's world.
- Sexual Content
- Early in the film, soldiers are shown cavorting in a Korean brothel during the Korean War.
- Gun violence. Characters are shown being shot and killed. Wartime violence, as soldiers fight in battle. Two characters get into a fist fight, knocking into furniture, breaking glass, and sustaining injuries. A character is strangled to death.
- "Hell" is as strong as it gets.
- Social Behavior
- Puts forth a forceful message condemning dirty politics, hypocrisy, war-mongering, and deceit.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- As a movie from the early 1960s, there is frequent cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking. In one scene, the two main characters drink alcohol together, and act intoxicated as they open up about their lives.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it