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The Manchurian Candidate (1962 Film)

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The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 black and white neo-noir Cold War suspense thriller film scripted by George Axelrod, from the 1959 Richard Condon novel The Manchurian Candidate, produced by Axelrod and John Frankenheimer, directed by Frankenheimer, and starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Janet Leigh; co-starring are Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, and James Gregory. The Manchurian Candidate concerns the brainwashing of the son of a prominent political family, who becomes an unwitting assassin in an international communist conspiracy.

During the Korean War, the Soviets capture a U.S. platoon and take them to Manchuria in communist China. Some days later, all but two of the soldiers return to the U.S. lines and Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is credited with saving their lives in combat by his fellow platoon members. Upon the recommendation of the platoon's commander, Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), Raymond is awarded the Medal of Honor. When asked to describe him, Marco and the other soldiers automatically respond, "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.", even though Shaw is a cold, sad, unsympathetic loner.

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 black and white neo-noir Cold War suspense thriller film scripted by George Axelrod, from the 1959 Richard Condon novel The Manchurian Candidate, produced by Axelrod and John Frankenheimer, directed by Frankenheimer, and starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Janet Leigh; co-starring are Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, and James Gregory. The Manchurian Candidate concerns the brainwashing of the son of a prominent political family, who becomes an unwitting assassin in an international communist conspiracy.

During the Korean War, the Soviets capture a U.S. platoon and take them to Manchuria in communist China. Some days later, all but two of the soldiers return to the U.S. lines and Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is credited with saving their lives in combat by his fellow platoon members. Upon the recommendation of the platoon's commander, Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), Raymond is awarded the Medal of Honor. When asked to describe him, Marco and the other soldiers automatically respond, "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.", even though Shaw is a cold, sad, unsympathetic loner.

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