A US soldier was captured during the Korean War and he is brainwashed into being a sleeper agent. Robert Shaw (Laurence Harvey), the son of an influential family in US, is placed in a situation to make himself look like a hero to the American public. However, agents from China and the Soviet Union had set up an American handler to try to use Shaw to infiltrate the highest levels of the government.
The Manchurian Candidate has a definitive feel of relevance for the world we live in today. There is some scary thoughts found here.
Angela Lansbury is just brilliant in the role as the mother of Robert Shaw and the woman who is giving her brainwashed son his orders. She is wickedly frightening here. She is certainly not Ms. Potts or Jessica Fletcher.
Frank Sinatra played Captain Bennett Marco, one of the men Shaw “rescued” from capture during the Korean War. Sinatra was having dreams that made him think that something had happened that was not what they remembered exactly.
The last hour of this movie was about as good as it gets. I really enjoyed the Manchurian Candidate. I had not seen it previous to today’s viewing and it was surprising how much it felt like it could be a story happening today.
This is a great thriller with amazing performances. Angela Lansbury is as bad of a mother as you are going to find in the movies and a tremendous villain. The ending is both sad and satisfying. The Manchurian Candidate has a lot of things going for it. If you haven’t seen it, it is worth the two hours to see it.