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The Manchurian Candidate

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Jonathan Demme
  • 124 mins
  • 15

Summary

A Gulf War veteran is plagued by nightmares, convinced something strange happened to him and his comrades during the conflict. As he tries to get to the root of the problem, it becomes clear that powerful, shadowy figures in the political world do not want him to probe too deeply. Jonathan Demme's remake of the 1962 thriller, with Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep and Jon Voight.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It's rare for a remake to match the standard of a much lauded original, but this update of John Frankenheimer's classic 1962 psychological thriller comes pretty close. An intelligent and chillingly believable tale of brainwashing, exploitation and political corruption, it relocates the military conflict at the heart of the story from Communist Korea to the first Gulf War in Kuwait. Denzel Washington steps into Frank Sinatra's shoes, playing a tormented US Army major who unwittingly becomes the key to a complex political conspiracy. As with his Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme's controlled direction is exhilarating, and he elicits brilliant performances from a fine cast. Liev Schreiber finally gets a part to sink his teeth into, as Washington's former sergeant who becomes a vice presidential candidate, but it's Meryl Streep, as Schreiber's unscrupulous senator mother, who leaves the deepest impression.

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Credits

Cast

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Bennett "Ben" MarcoDenzel Washington
Senator Eleanor Prentiss ShawMeryl Streep
Raymond ShawLiev Schreiber
Senator Thomas JordanJon Voight
RosieKimberly Elise
Al MelvinJeffrey Wright
Colonel HowardTed Levine
Richard DelpBruno Ganz
Colonel GarretMiguel Ferrer
Mark WhitingDean Stockwell
Atticus NoyleSimon McBurney
Jocelyne JordanVera Farmiga
Vaughn UtlyZeljko Ivanek
Mr SecretaryRoger Corman
General SloanCharles Napier
TV commentatorAl Franken

Crew

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DirectorJonathan Demme

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2004-11-19
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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