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The Manchurian Candidate

Two U.S. soldiers in the first Gulf War are programmed to rebel once they return home. Several years later, one becomes a vice presidential candidate.

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Jonathan Demme, updating John Frankenheimer's classic exercise in cold war liberal paranoia, has made a witty, anxious thriller for a new age of political uncertainty.

When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened -- or didn't happen -- in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out.

Director
Jonathan Demme
Cast
Denzel WashingtonMeryl StreepLiev SchreiberJon VoightKimberly EliseVera FarmigaJeffrey WrightSimon McBurneyBruno GanzAnn DowdTed LevineMiguel Ferrer
Genres
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country
USA
Available
Apr 1 2017

Jonathan Demme, updating John Frankenheimer's classic exercise in cold war liberal paranoia, has made a witty, anxious thriller for a new age of political uncertainty.