The Manchurian Candidate

directed by John Frankenheimer
Category: "Suspense"
Year of Release:1962
Date Added:01/24/2008
Date Watched:05/27/2005
Description:A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin.
My Rating:6

Reviews for The Manchurian Candidate

Review - Manchurian Candidate, The

A platoon of Korean War veterans is captured. The next thing they remember, they’re back in the states and one of their members, Shaw, is getting a medal for bravery in saving the others. Shaw goes to New York to escape his manipulative mother, Mrs. Iselin and his stepfather, Senator Iselin who is running for V.P.
One of the platoon, Marco, keeps having recurring nightmares about being with the group at a horticultural meeting that keeps changing to a Communist party meeting where Shaw, under hypnotism, kills two members of the platoon. When Marco finds out that other platoon members are having the same dream, he begins investigating.
Meanwhile, Shaw falls in love with Jocelyn Jordan, whose father is the chief political enemy of Senator Iselin. When Mrs. Iselin finds out, she forces them to break up.
In the end it develops the Shaw has been triggered to play solitaire whenever told, and when he sees the queen of diamonds, he carries out murders. Mrs. Iselin and her husband are in on the plot and plan to use Shaw to kill Senator Jordan and then the President (after the election) so Iselin will become President. But when Shaw goes to kill Jordan, Jocelyn shows up and he kills her too. Marco has figured everything out by this time. He shows Shaw a queen of diamonds and tells him not to kill the President. Shaw goes to the convention and, instead of killing the President, he kills his mother and Iselin for what they made him do to Jocelyn. Then Shaw turns the gun on himself.

Interesting. Dated, but interesting. I’m guessing that when it came out it was pretty earth-shaking and innovative, but it pales in light of more recent suspense movies. Still, it was interesting. Did I say that already?
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