The Manchurian CandidateDirector: Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme directed this updated remake of John Frankenheimer's 1962 cult favorite The Manchurian Candidate, a pioneering examination of political conspiracy and psychological reconditioning. Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) are two soldiers who served in the same company during Operation Desert Storm, but their paths following their tours of duty have been very different. Shaw, the son of powerful congresswoman Eleanor Shaw (Meryl Streep), has used his reputation as a war hero to quickly scale the ladder of American politics, and with the help of his mother earns the Vice Presidential nomination. Marco, on the other hand, has been troubled with mental illness, and is convinced that something strange happened to him and his compatriots during the war. As Marco struggles to find the truth behind his nightmares and emotional torment, he unearths some disturbing facts about how his mind and body have been reworked by shadowy forces, as well as those of his fellow soldiers -- including Raymond Shaw. Featuring a stellar supporting cast (including Jon Voight, Miguel Ferrer, Ted Levine, and Dean Stockwell), The Manchurian Candidate credits George Axelrod's screenplay for the 1962 film as its source, as opposed to Richard Condon's 1959 novel from which Axelrod adapted his script.
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Cast & Crew
|Denzel Washington||Major Bennett Marco|
|Meryl Streep||Eleanor Prentiss Shaw|
|Liev Schreiber||Sgt. Raymond Shaw|
|Jon Voight||Senator Thomas Jordan|
|Jeffrey Wright||Al Melvin|
|Ted Levine||Colonel Howard|
|Bruno Ganz||Richard Delp|
|Simon McBurney||Dr. Atticus Noyle|
|Vera Farmiga||Jocelyn Jordan|
|Robyn Hitchcock||Laurent Tokar|
|Miguel Ferrer||Colonel Garrett|
|Scott Aversano||Executive Producer|
|Gary Chester||Sound Mixer|
|Wyclef Jean||Score Composer|
|Rachel Portman||Score Composer|
|Albert Wolsky||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Kristi Zea||Production Designer|
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Denzel Washington is great
I'm a big Denzel fan, but this was easily his worst movie in years. Not that he delievered a bad performance, he never does. But I just couldn't get into this movie at all. It was too confusing, or maybe I just had too much to drink at the time.
if you want to watch a great movie get this. i saw it in theaters with my roommate and i loved it. It is suspenseful and has a great twist at the ending
With the present administration, anything is possible and in this classic, possibly better than the original we must awaken from our slumber to see the "sleeper" in the White House. This, I imagine, was Johnathan Demme's concern.
This 2004 remake of the 1962 film did a fabulous job telling the story of Ben Marco and the Shaw family. The audience is surprised around every corner as you get to know the characters and discover what you think is real, just may not be. The film centers on the story of both Ben Marco, played by Denzel Washington, and Raymond Shaw, played by Liev Schreibe, who served in the military and experienced a horrible ambush during the Gulf War. Shaw became a decorated war hero for saving the men in their unit and soon became pushed into the public government arena. Marco, on the other hand, kept to himself until he started having dreams and flashbacks that indicated what he remembered may not be exactly what really happened. After watching Marco go through much turmoil and plot twists, we learn that it is a corporation named, Manchurian Global, who is behind all of the deceit. The memories are indeed fiction, made up to create the perfect vice president candidate, Raymond Shaw. None of this would have been possible without the help of Shaw¿s mother, Eleanor. Meryl Streep did a superb job in this role of puppet master. Not only does she have complete control over her son, she also manages to present herself as a well liked Senator and devoted mother. However, she will go to whatever means is necessary to assure her son¿s position in the White House. With just one pull of Raymond¿s strings, she is able to create new memories as well as have him kill both the love of his life and her father, one of the few people who were beginning to believe in Marco. I found all of the characters to be very talented. Being a huge Denzel fan, I was not surprised by his excellent performance. However, I was shocked to find myself unsure of his story. I, like the many people in the film, doubted Marco in the beginning and thought perhaps he was losing his mind. I shamefully found myself occasionally cheering for the wrong side. With the plot changes and the many flashbacks of the various memory sequences, it was rather difficult to know who was being truthful. After awhile, you also could not help but to wonder which side would prevail. Not only did you have to choose sides between the Shaw¿s and Marco, you also have to wonder about Marco¿ character as well. Will he be able to do the right thing or will the power of Eleanor be just too much for him? The end of the movie is not only excellent but also quite shocking. The film takes you to the edge of your seat and back again with what Marco is actually going to do. The final scene with Raymond and Eleanor was well worth the wait. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for couple hours of action packed drama, as well as anyone who is either a Denzel Washington or Meryl Streep fan. You will not be disappointed.
IT DIDNT SURPRISE ME A BIT THAT THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT FILM.DENZEL WASHINGTON, MERYL STREEP, AND THE ALWAYS UNDERRATED LIEV SCHREIBER WERE ALL AMAZING. THIS WAS ONE OF THE STRANGEST AND CREEPIEST FILMS IVE EVER SEEN AND I JUST LOVED IT.