Best Communist- assassination plot "The Manchurian Candidate." John Frankenheimer's surreal, brilliant 1962 political thriller, based on the novel by Richard Condon, stars Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey as members of an Army patrol during the Korean War who are captured and taken to Manchuria by the Chinese Communists. The patrol is brainwashed to believe that weakling Raymond Shaw (Harvey) is a hero who saved them during an attack. In fact, he's the pawn of the Communists and his ambitious Lady Macbeth of a mother (Lansbury, in her masterful Oscar-nominated turn), and he has been programmed to assassinate the presidential nominee. The 2004 remake directed by Jonathan Demme, while not unwatchable, paled in comparison.
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