The Manchurian Candidate (Widescreen Edition)
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- Commentary by director Jonathan Demme and screenplay co-writer Daniel Pyne
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Top Customer Reviews
So basically I stressed out over nothing. The movie was good. Not great, not the best of the year, but good enough to hold my attention and keep me up later than I normally would be.
The film: Denzel Washington takes on the role of Major Ben Marco (Sinatra's old Captain role), a desert storm officer who's come back from the war with terrible headaches, undecipherable dreams, and a member of his team who won the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Liev Schriber plays Raymond Shaw, the powerfully connected Sergeant who wins The Medal. He comes back to the States and is swept into politics. And he's being primed for the vice presidency.
Meryl Streep plays Senator Eleanor Shaw, Raymond's hard-nosed mother who NEEDS to have her son in a position of power. The family name MUST be upheld and put into the history books. Mrs. Streep plays probably her most creepy role to date; I loved it. Her character infuriated me one moment, and then made my stomach turn the next. A perfect performance.
Instead of Manchuria being involved, this time we have something known as Manchurian Global, a company that wants to rule the most powerful nation on Earth by controlling one of its most powerful leaders.Read more ›
Here Denzel Washington underplays the part of the officer to the point of perfection, yet the story-line is much more of a postmodern twist, involving corporate geopolitical ambitions for a Halliburton-like firm who tries to use the brainwashing during the Gulf War of 1991 to ensnare and brainwash the sleeper agent (played well here by Liev Schreiber, once again the scion of a wealthy, influential, and politically star-crossed family). Meryl Streep plays against type as a brash and arrogant neoconservative senator who uses her bully pulpit to spew imperialistic venom. There are many contemporary touches and twists to the script and the plot that make this a quite artful, albeit obviously fictional, philosophical diatribe on the state of current American politics seen through the eyes of Hollywood intellectuals (or is that a contradiction in terms?).
All that said, there is indeed much beyond these blatant attempts to examine the current state of the American polity to recommend the film for your entertainment.Read more ›
The original The Manchurian Candidate (Special Edition)(1962) included an all-star cast, Frank Sinatra as "Bennett Marco", Laurence Harvey as "Raymond", Janet Leigh, Henry Silva, John McGiver, James Gregory and Angela Lansbury. Angela Lansbury is so memorable in her role as "Mrs. Iselin", a very rare performance from Lansbury that it has never been duplicated. (Lucille Ball was once considered for the role).
The original black & white film was very effective in showing subliminal hypnotism and the film sucks you right into the storyline. Very dramatic 1962 film.
This film was made before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There are parallels in the film to Abraham Lincoln who was a President also assassinated.
Making a remake of this film, first of all, is very risky and casting and storyline should have been just right, but I am not pleased with Denzel washington in the role that Frank Sinatra is originally known for. Harrison Ford, Timothy Dalton or Clive Owen would have been a better choice. Meryl Streep as "Eleanor Prentiss Shaw" is perhaps the only interest I had in seeing this 2004 remake. There is no mystery, suspense, wonder nor intense hypnotizing going on as it did in the first film. The thrill is gone in this remake.
Please buy and see the original 1962 version The Manchurian Candidate (Special Edition) (1962) with Frank Sinatra, instead of watching this 2004 garbage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fictional show but you have to believe that stuff is happening in real life. Especially under the current administration.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Never saw the original so as far as I was concerned, this was a great moviePublished 10 days ago by VNN
Awesome performances by the entire cast, especially Denzel and Meryl! Mesmerizing storyPublished 11 days ago by Janamos
I enjoy this movie so so so much! Like seriously! As a matter of fact I own it now. It really opens your eyes and think about things we sometimes see or hear on the news even... Read morePublished 1 month ago by thefroo
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