Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh star in The Manchurian Candidate.
Raymond Shaw (Sinatra) is a war hero and is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery in Korea. What no one knows, including Shaw, is that he had been captured by the Chinese Communists and brainwashed. He is now an unwitting puppet who will do their bidding. Angela Lansbury gives one of the all-time creepy performances as his ambitious, manipulative mother. Directed by John Frankenheimer. (1962; 2 hrs, 6 min)
File this under Art Imitates Real Life (or maybe it’s the other way around)….FBI Assistant Deputy Director Peter Strzok testified before Congress that investigators came to believe it was “conceivable, if unlikely” that Russia was secretly controlling President Donald Trump after he took office — a full-fledged “Manchurian candidate” installed as America’s commander in chief.
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