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The Manchurian Candidate is a remake of a black and white Cold War thriller from the 1960s that originally starred Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury. It was based on a novel by Richard Condon, who also wrote “3 Days of the Condor”. The plot revolved around former American POWs who may have been subjected to brainwashing by Chinese communist forces and the political intrigue aftermath when one of them may have been programmed as an unwitting assassin.

The remake features Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber in the Sinatra and Harvey roles, respectively, and Meryl Streep in the Angela Lansbury part. The plot has been updated to take place in a post Iraq War setting. Whereas the original played on racial stereotypes of Asians (it even included Henry Silva in yellowface as a Chinese assassin spy who attacks Sinatra), the remake poses questions regarding the US government’s possible involvement in psych warfare, adding to the intrigue.

The ubiquitous presence of the media in the Information Age and a greater sense of geopolitical cynicism gives this remake a different contextual twist, which allows it to stand apart from the original film and offer some unique perspectives and surprises.

The Manchurian Candidate is an Drama, Thriller, Mystery movie that was released in 2004 and has a run time of 2 hr 9 min. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 76.

The Manchurian Candidate is available to watch and stream, download, buy on demand at Amazon Prime, Hulu, Apple TV+, FuboTV, Showtime, The Roku Channel, Showtime Anytime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube VOD online. Some platforms allow you to rent The Manchurian Candidate for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

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| 2004 | 2 hr 9 min | 6.6/10 | 76/100
Cast
Jeffrey Wright, Pablo Schreiber, Anthony Mackie, Dorian Missick
Director
Jonathan Demme
Produced By
Jonathan Demme,Ilona Herzberg,Scott Rudin,Tina Sinatra
Language
English
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Also starring Pablo Schreiber