THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (Theatrical Release USA 2004)

Ben Meyers’ rating—4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

The Manchurian Candidate
uses the classic storyline of the brainwashed assassin activated by a certain red flag to commit heinous acts. This is a suspense-filled film that uses an all-star cast to keep the pace going. If you are looking for suspense, this film will fill the bill nicely.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Major Bennett ‘Ben’ Marco (Denzel Washington) keeps having memories that Sergeant First Class Raymond Shaw (Live Schreiber), while under monitoring, kills two of their comrade in arms during the Gulf War. Ben Marco is questioning his ability to remember what really happened in the Gulf War. He approaches Shaw with questions and finds that Shaw is on his way to the presidency.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Jonathan Demme for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Scott Aversano for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Al Melvin (Jeffrey Wright), Eddie Ingram (Pablo Schreiber), Robert Baker (Anthony Mackie), Owens (Dorian Missick), Villalobos (Jose Pablo Cantillo), Wilson (Teddy Dunn), Atkins (Joaquin Perez-Campbell), Jameson (Tim Artz), Rosie (Kimberly Elise), Senator Thomas Jordan (Jon Voight), Eleanor Shaw (Meryl Streep), Delp (Bruno Ganz), Jocelyne Jordan (Vera Farmiga), Mark Whiting (Dean Stockwell), and Atticus Noyle (Simon McBurney).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It can’t be beat and places two very good actors, Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber, together.

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