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- Interview with Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod and John Frankenheimer
- Audio Commentary by John Frankenheimer
- "Queen of Diamonds" Featurette with Angela Lansbury
- "A Little Solitaire" Featurette with William Friedkin
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 13, 2004
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Collectors Edition
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.75
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Mono - English, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: Frank Sinatra - Star; George Axelrod - Screenwriter; John Frankenheimer - Director
- Audio Commentary: John Frankenheimer - Director
- Behind the Scenes: Production Notes
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- "William Friedkin"
- "Angela Lansbury"
- Additional Text: Trivia
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury & Janet Leigh|
|Performer:||James Gregory, John McGiver, Leslie Parrish, James Edwards & Henry Silva|
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
|Screenwriting by||George Axelrod|
|Composition by||David Amram|
|Produced by||George Axelrod & John Frankenheimer|
|Director of Photography:||Lionel Lindon|
|Executive Production by||Howard W. Koch|
"...It looked good then; it looks even better now....[Sinatra] is extremely moving..."
"...THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE proves that its fascination is intact..."
"...Easily the best and most complex of all Cold War thrillers..."
"THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE feels astonishingly contemporary; its astringent political satire still bites, and its story has uncanny contemporary echoes."
"Frank Sinatra excels as a Korean war vet....And Angela Lansbury is a marvel..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
When a platoon of Korean War G.I.s is captured, they somehow end up at a ladies' garden club party. Or do they? Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can't remember. As he searches for the answer, he discovers threads of a diabolical plot orchestrated by the utterly ruthless Mrs. Iselin (Lansbury) and involving her war hero son (Laurence Harvey), her senator husband (James Gregory) and a secret cabal of enemy leaders.
Laurence Harvey stars as Sergeant Raymond Shaw, whose U.S. army unit is captured while fighting in Korea, taken to Manchuria, and brainwashed by Chinese communists. The men return to the U.S. with no conscious memory of their experience, and Shaw is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery. But when Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) starts having nightmares, he begins an authorized investigation into what happened in Manchuria and eventually reveals that the sergeant's brainwashing has transformed him into an unconscious assassin who can be triggered by his communist controllers at will. Although Sinatra is slightly miscast as a tortured intellectual, Harvey and the remaining cast are excellent, as is Richard Sylbert's inventively designed "brainwashing" sequence, Lionel Lindon's extraordinary depth-of-field camerawork, and David Amram's witty, neoclassical score.
- Theatrical release: October 24, 1962.
- Shooting locations: Los Angeles and New York City.
- The film was tied up for 25 years in a legal dispute between United Artists and Frank Sinatra, who believed the film's profits were being underreported.
- THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
- THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is number 67 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- Frank Sinatra wanted Lucille Ball in the mother role played by Angela Lansbury.