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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Eddie Ingram
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Robert Baker
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Owens
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Villalobos
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Wilson
Joaquin Perez-Campbell ...
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Tim Artz ...
Jameson
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Laurent Tokar
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Antoine Taylor ...
Boy Scout #1
Joseph Alessi ...
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Scout Dad (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
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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. Written by A Prentiss

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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30 July 2004 (USA)  »

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Der Manchurian Kandidat  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,018,620 (USA) (1 August 2004)

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$65,955,630 (USA)
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The radio chatter audio near the end of the film, as Ben returns to the beach, is actually a recording of a Norfolk Southern train defect detector. If one listens carefully you can even hear it state, "NS (Norfolk Southern) detector milepost 79.8 one no defect." The actual detector likely reported 79.8 track one but the word track would spoil the illusion. It is interesting because these automatic reports only transmit two or three miles to inform the train crew of defects in their train. It is not likely they would be heard on a remote island. See more »

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The enlisted woman at the computer When Marco is testifying to the intelligence group has hair down to the middle of her back. Uniform regulations require the hair be above the collar. See more »

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[first lines]
Ben Marco: So why don't we just go directly right up in this route, straight in...
Laurent Tokar: Yes, I see the Captain enjoys the road less-traveled.
Ben Marco: No, the Captain enjoys not going down the highway, draggin' his ass so every Tom, Dick, Gaddafi can take a whack at it.
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Elegie
by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Steven Isserlis and Pascal Devoyon
Courtesy of BMG Classics
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
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Meryl, you're no Angela Lansbury
17 August 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

While the 2004 remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" is ensemble acting at its finest, Meryl Streep seems to be having a bit too much fun playing the villainess Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. She doesn't have the same blood-curdling constitution as did Angela Lansbury.

"What was I supposed to do, call a MEETING?" she exclaims as her wimpy male colleagues in the shadowy Manchurian Global upbraid her for ordering someone killed without consulting them. Problem is, she was radiantly glowing when she uttered the line, which produced laughs in the NYC theatre I was in.

When she showers Liev Schreiber with overly affectionate kisses and hugs, one again suspects Meryl was having a bit too much fun on camera with someone she finds quite attractive -- don't we all? -- in real life.

On its own, the 2004 remake is fine cinema. But the problem with all remakes is the inevitable comparison with original. And sadly, as much as I like the 2004 version, my vote goes with Angie Lansbury and Laurence Harvey.


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