The Manchurian Candidate Movie Review Summary

Actors: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva

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THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is a movie directed by John Frankenheimer in 1962. Based on a Richard Condon novel.
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Laurence Harvey and his platoon have been kidnapped by Russians in the middle of the Korean war. After having been brainwashed and hypnotized during three days, they are released. Harvey is decorated as a war hero and begins to work as a journalist. His mother's second husband, Senator John Iselin, is campaigning in order to obtain the republican investigation. Meanwhile, Frank Sinatra and other members of the platoon have recurrent dreams about their captivity period. One understands soon that Harvey is unconsciously manipulated by the Russian secret services who can hypnotize him whenever it's necessary in order to make him do what he's meant to do. Who must he kill ?

A must of the political fiction genre.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   election campaign    -   preventing an assassination

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   the Koreas City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   karate chop    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--bullets Is this movie based on a    -   book

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