The Manchurian Candidate The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

John Frankenheimer

 
The Manchurian Candidate (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1962
  • 126 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.75:1
  • English
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  • Spine #803

The name John Frankenheimer became forever synonymous with heart-in-the-throat filmmaking when this quintessential sixties political thriller was released. Set in the early fifties, this razor-sharp adaptation of the novel by Richard Condon concerns the decorated U.S. Army sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), who as a prisoner during the Korean War is brainwashed into becoming a sleeper assassin in a Communist conspiracy, and a fellow POW (Frank Sinatra) who slowly uncovers the sinister plot. In an unforgettable performance, Angela Lansbury plays Raymond’s villainous mother, the controlling wife of a witch-hunting anti-Communist senator with his eyes on the White House. The rare film that takes aim at the frenzy of the McCarthy era while also being suffused with its Cold War paranoia, The Manchurian Candidate remains potent, shocking American moviemaking.

Cast

Major Bennett MarcoFrank Sinatra
Raymond ShawLaurence Harvey
Eugenie RoseJanet Leigh
Mrs. Eleanor Shaw IselinAngela Lansbury
ChunjinHenry Silva
Senator John Yerkes IselinJames Gregory
Senator Thomas JordanJohn McGiver
Dr. Yen LoKhigh Dhiegh
Corporal Allen MelvinJames Edwards
Colonel MiltDouglas Henderson
ZilkovAlbert Paulsen
Secretary of DefenseBarry Kelley
Holborn GainesLloyd Corrigan
Female BerezovoMadame Spivy

Credits

DirectorJohn Frankenheimer
Executive producerHoward W. Koch
Produced byGeorge Axelrod and John Frankenheimer
Based upon the novel byRichard Condon
Screenplay byGeorge Axelrod
Director of photographyLionel Lindon
Film editorFerris Webster
Production designRichard Sylbert

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1997 featuring director John Frankenheimer
  • New interview with actor Angela Lansbury
  • New piece featuring filmmaker Errol Morris discussing his appreciation for The Manchurian Candidate
  • Conversation between Frankenheimer, screenwriter George Axelrod, and actor Frank Sinatra from 1987
  • New interview with historian Susan Carruthers about the Cold War brainwashing scare
  • Trailer

    New cover by Adam Maida

Film Essays

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The Manchurian Candidate: Dread Center

By Howard Hampton March 15, 2016

Set during the height of McCarthy-era paranoia and arriving in 1962, in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, John Frankenheimer’s high-anxiety Communist conspiracy thriller tapped into the . . . Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Counting Down to the Election in Rochester

November 03, 2016

This weekend, the George Eastman Museum, in Rochester, New York, will screen John Frankenheimer’s 1962 psycho-political thriller The Manchurian Candidate as part of its Election Countdown . . . Read more »


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Talking with Evans Frankenheimer about The Manchurian Candidate

By Hillary Weston April 14, 2016

In honor of our disc release last week of the classic John Frankenheimer thriller The Manchurian Candidate, we sat down to talk about the film with the director’s widow, actor Evans . . . Read more »


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Angela Lansbury on the Importance of Imagination

March 17, 2016

Warning! For anyone who has yet to see The Manchurian Candidate, the following video contains one rather large spoiler—but if anyone is going to spoil the surprise, it might as well be the great . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Manchurian Candidate: Dread Center

By Howard Hampton March 15, 2016

Set during the height of McCarthy-era paranoia and arriving in 1962, in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, John Frankenheimer’s high-anxiety Communist conspiracy thriller tapped into the . . . Read more »


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