The Manchurian CandidateAs a kidnapped and brainwashed soldier becomes the likely next Vice-President of the United States, another soldier races to uncover the conspiracy behind it, a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself.Keywords:
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Directors of "The Manchurian Candidate"Jonathan DemmeBirthdate: 22 February 1944, Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA
Creators of "The Manchurian Candidate"Richard CondonBirthdate: 18 March 1915, New York City, New York, USAGeorge AxelrodBirthdate: 9 June 1922, New York City, New York, USA
Critic Reviews of "The Manchurian Candidate"Time OutJune 24, 2006
Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.The New RepublicAugust 28, 2004
Demme serves the picture completely.Chicago ReaderAugust 13, 2004
Strikes me as a very artful cover -- about the cleverest imaginable transliteration of the story from its historical moment to ours.New York Magazine/VultureAugust 08, 2004
Far from a disgrace, but it's not freewheeling enough, not strange enough to make sense of our gathering dread.SlateAugust 07, 2004
Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add.Village VoiceAugust 03, 2004
Following a dozen years of docs, light comedy, and p.c. weepies, Candidate represents Demme's best dramatic filmmaking since The Silence of the Lambs.Film4May 27, 2011
If it isn't the original's equal, The Manchurian Candidate conjures up an air of menace sufficient to make most modern thrillers look like romantic comedies.Common Sense MediaDecember 28, 2010
Sleek remake is more violent than original.Cinema WriterAugust 19, 2010
This humorless and nonsensical update of The Manchurian Candidate - a total misread of Frankenheimer's classic original - never quite engages, devolving the original's camp and satire into self-serious melodrama.Cinema CrazedApril 29, 2009
A rather decent imitation in the end with political subtext and very good performances.Hollywood.comNovember 20, 2008
It is as shocking now as it was forty years ago, but nothing in the 2004 version approaches that level of intensity, intelligence, or audacity.Urban CinefileOctober 18, 2008
Demme's direction is as punctilious as it was in Silence of the Lambs, careful with details and craftsmanlike with storytelling -- although we do have to work a bit to stay on top of things.
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