The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

TitleThe Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1962
AuthorsFrankenheimer, John
Running Time2h 6min
Date Released10/24/1962
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

A masterpiece of political satire, The Manchurian Candidate explores fear, paranoia, and the culture of the Cold War and McCarthyism in early 1960s America. After suffering from recurring nightmares about an incident during the Korean War, U.S. Army Major Ben Marco suspects his platoon mate and celebrated hero Raymond Shaw might have been brainwashed. He was. Shaw's mother, an undercover Soviet agent, orders him to assassinate the presidential candidate so that her impressionable, weak-willed husband can take his place. 

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