'The Manchurian Candidate' John Frankenheimers brilliant 1962 political thriller is based on Richard Condons novel. Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey star in this atmospheric, terrifying tale of members of a U.S. Army patrol who are captured by the enemy during the Korean War and taken to Manchuria. While imprisioned there, they are brainwashed by the Chinese to believe that the groups weak-willed sergeant (Harvey) is actually a hero who led the patrol in a successful rout of the Communists. But hes actually been brainwashed to kill a presidential nominee. And the person behind the brainwashing is his politically ambitious mother, played by Angela Lansbury. Sinatra plays another member of the patrol who has been suffering nightmares about what may or may not have happened to the patrol in Manchuria. The film is far superior to Jonathan Demmes 2004 remake.
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