United Artists at 90 Short Film Competition
The Manchurian Candidate
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Wednesday 19 March 2008
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) In Korea in 1952, a US Army patrol is ambushed by Communist soldiers. A year later the squad, having escaped, returns to the US, where Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw is to receive the Medal of Honour for single-handedly saving the lives of the squad. Shaw is the son of Elanor Iselin, wife of US Senator John Yerkes Iselin, and Mrs. Iselin turns the return of Raymond into a political rally that brings out building hostility between son and mother over the ambitions of Johnny Iselin. But there is more involved, for the actions of Raymond Shaw are not what everyone believes they are, and the nightmares of a US Army officer, Bennett Marco, leads to investigation of Raymond that unlocks a stunning political conspiracy that sweeps up Johnny and Elanor Iselin, and which only Bennett Marco can possibly stop.
Richard Condon (novel)
George Axelrod (screenplay)
Frank Sinatra-... -Maj. Bennett Marco
Laurence Harvey-... -Raymond Shaw
Janet Leigh-... -Eugenie Rose Chaney
Angela Lansbury-... -Mrs. Iselin
Henry Silva-... -Chunjin
James Gregory-... -Sen. John Yerkes Iselin
Leslie Parrish-... -Jocelyn Jordan
John McGiver-... -Sen. Thomas Jordan
Khigh Dhiegh-... -Dr. Yen Lo
James Edwards-... -Cpl. Allen Melvin
Douglas Henderson-... -Col. Milt
Albert Paulsen-... -Zilkov
Barry Kelley-... -Secretary of Defence
Lloyd Corrigan-... -Holborn Gaines
Madame Spivy-... -Female Berezovo
- In the scene where Frank Sinatra gives the all-queens deck of cards to Laurence Harvey, Sinatra is out of focus. He had trouble recreating his performance, so director John Frankenheimer left the footage as is. Audiences weren't bothered; they interpreted it as Harvey's blurred perspective.
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