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The Manchurian Candidate
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Directed By
John Frankenheimer

Written By:
John Frankenheimer, George Axelrod

Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Henry Silva, James Edwards, Doug Henderson, Albert Paulsen, Barry Kelley, Lloyd Corrigan, Whit Bissell, Joe Adams, John Lawrence, Tom Lowell, Mimi Dillard, Khigh Deigh, Madame Spivy, Mimi Dillard

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
January 19th, 2008

1001 Movies to see before you die

John Frankenheimer (Seven Days in May, Ronin) directs a brilliant film about a plot to overthrow the government of this country by installing a candidate controlled by foreign power. It is a compelling film that has equally compelling performances.

Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982), "Murder She Wrote") was absolutely incredible as the most evil mother known to man. The fact that she resembles some right-wing harpies that exist today is purely coincidental. Her husband (James Gregory) was a perfect caricature of Joseph McCarthy.

Frank Sinatra gave his greatest film performance as Major Marco in this film. Janet Leigh, fresh from an Oscar nomination for Psycho, was also very good as Marco's girlfriend.

An excellent film that has you on the edge of your seat throughout.

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