DVD 130 mins IMDB 6.8 (15,093 votes)
R
The Manchurian Candidate
Paramount Pictures (2004)
In Collection
#160

My Rating:
6

Seen It:
Yes
(2005 )
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA  /  English

Denzel Washington Bennett Marco
Meryl Streep Eleanor Prentiss Shaw
Liev Schreiber Raymond Shaw
Jon Voight Senator Thomas Jordan
Kimberly Elise Rosie
Jeffrey Wright Al Melvin
Ted Levine Colonel Howard
Bruno Ganz Richard Delp
Simon McBurney Dr. Atticus Noyle
Vera Farmiga Jocelyn Jordan
Pablo Schreiber Eddie Ingram
Anthony Mackie Robert Baker
Dorian Missick Owens
Jose Pablo Cantillo Villalobos
Teddy Dunn Wilson
Joaquin Perez-Campbell Atkins
Tim Artz Jameson
Robyn Hitchcock Laurent Tokar
Antoine Taylor Boy Scout #1
Joseph Alessi Boy Scout #2
Raymond Anthony Thomas Scout Dad (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Bill Irwin Scoutmaster

Director Jonathan Demme
Producer Ilona Herzberg; Scott Rudin; Jonathan Demme; Tina Sinatra
Writer Richard Condon; George Axelrod; Dean Georgaris; Daniel Pyne
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Musician Rachel Portman
User Credit 1 Carol Littleton; Craig McKay
User Credit 2 Albert Wolsky

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 witht he 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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 097363368946
Region Region 1
Release Date 12/21/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Violence and some language.
User Text 2 This summer everything is under control.
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Notes
Trivia: Neil Jordan was also briefly considered to direct this remake. (more)

Goofs: Factual errors: A TV interview is said to take place in "Desert Storm, 1992" when in fact Desert Storm was in 1991. (more)

Quotes:
Delp: I thought you said you lost this.
Ben Marco: I bit a guy. I found another one.
(more)

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 nominations (more)