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.
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.
Puts forth a forceful message condemning dirty politics, hypocrisy, war-mongering, and deceit.
Drugs / Tobacco /
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.