The Manchurian Candidate

TitleThe Manchurian Candidate
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsDemme, Jonathan
Running Time129 minutes
Date Released30 June 2004
DistributorParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

An updated version of a classic Cold War film, The Manchurian Candidate reveals the dark connections between militarism, capitalism, and world power during the War on Terror. Raymond Shaw, a decorated hero of the Gulf War, rises to political power thanks to his mother, a U.S. Senator. His former captain, Ben Marco, begins to doubt the story of how Shaw saved his platoon from enemy fire and seeks him out. The two discover they are controlled by a multi-national corporation dedicated to advancing war for profit, a secret that threatens both of their lives.  


Denzel Washington

Meryl Streep

Liev Schreiber

Jon Voight

Jeffery Wright

Vera Farmiga

Simon McBurney


Directed by Jonathan Demme

Produced by Jonathan Demme, Ilona Herzberg, Scott Rudin, and Tina Sinatra

Screenplay by Daniel Pyne and Dean Georgaris

Music by Rachel Portman

Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto

Edited by Carol Littleton and Craig McKay


Thriller, Mystery, Drama

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