The Manchurian Candidate
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

A U.S. Army hero returns to New York from Korea, but has been mysteriously programmed by Communists to assassinate a presidential nominee, but when his Army buddy becomes suspicious of the goings on, he is on the trail to stop him.

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 24, 1962
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A classic blend of satire and political thriller that was uncomfortably prescient in its own time, The Manchurian Candidate remains distressingly relevant today.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The Manchurian Candidate pops up with a rash supposition that could serve to scare some viewers half to death -- that is, if they should be dupes enough to believe it, which we solemnly trust they won't.

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Witney Seibold

"The Manchurian Candidate" is striking in its hard edge. This is not a slick, subtle dissection of modern politics. This is a fist to the face.

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Variety Staff

Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Has an excoriating, destabilizing wit that seems as knowingly sophisticated today as it must have then.

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Eric Melin

... what strikes me is the savvy and modern craft of its filmmaking.

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Time Out

A masterpiece.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Not a moment of The Manchurian Candidate lacks edge and tension and a cynical spin.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Beyond its subject matter this terse political thriller still holds up even fifty years later, surrounded in secrecy, with some outstanding and unparalleled… More
Dan Schultz
An expertly woven together tale of politics, family, and guilt concerning a decorated war hero (Laurence Harvey) who comes back brainwashed by the Koreans… More
Saskia D.
Not my cup of tea, classic-movie wise.
Jonathan Hutchings
It's both exciting and disheartening that a 42 year-old satire like this still works as pointedly as it does. Even crazier to think that The Manchurian… More
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