Big screen classics

The Manchurian Candidate

Suspense and satire mingle in this prescient tale of brainwashing and political conspiracy.

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USA 1962
Dir John Frankenheimer
With Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury
Certificate 12A

Haunted by nightmares of a fellow Korean War hero (Harvey) murdering American prisoners-of-war, a major-turned-intelligence agent (Sinatra) uncovers a communist brainwashing plot involving the manipulation of emotionless killers. Frankenheimer’s version of Richard Condon’s all-too-prescient novel revels in the combination of suspense and caustic political satire.