The Manchurian Candidate

1962 PG-13 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD

The Manchurian Candidate

1962 PG-13 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.75:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.77:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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