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Manchurian Candidate, The (2004) Movie Information

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Jonathan Demme


Denzel Washington
Liev Schreiber
Jeffrey Wright
Dorian Missick
Pablo Schreiber
Meryl Streep





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The remake to the 1960's classic, this one focuses on the gulf war and how soldiers are brainwashed to think different and do wrong things.

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Snoogans 03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I've never seen the original. That being said, I only felt this was a decent effort. The film had a menacing tone, the story intrigued me to a point, and I thought the payoff was rewarding. Everything else was decent.

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Chris Kavan 09/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A slick remake but it's all bark and no bite. The original works much better and while I appreciate the effort, Demme and co. just don't bring anything new to the table other than updating it to suit the Gulf War. Just an average effort as far as I'm concerned.

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JetsetJones 05/06/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Even though I havent seen the original (and to be quite frank, don't plan on it) I wont say that this remake is worthless. I know some will not feel the same as I do. Denzel has done a great job in portraying the lead character, a gulf war vet struck with dreams that counter his actions when he and his troop were ambushed. When certain things are exposed in the film, the line between reality and imagination are BLURRED. The film does a good job of this, leaving you with questions and sort of afraid to get answers.

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Alex 06/01/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A not so good remake that really made no sense why on earth they would try to remake it. The original holds up perfectly well. This cast could have pulled it off but Demme introduced nothing new, therefore it is a failure. For remake lovers

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02/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Manchurian Candidate" by Yojimbo

The captain of a recon patrol which went missing for three days in the deserts of Kuwait begins to question his own memories after a disturbing visit from one of his men. "Remake" is inevitably a dirty word in cinema but Jonathan "Silence Of The Lambs" Demme is no stranger to suspense, which along with a promising cast made this film a rather more interesting propostion than most Hollywood cash cows. In fact Demme's skillful build up of tension combined with Denzel's believable performance as a man who is hallucinating, possibly delusional and questioning his sanity makes for a very intriguing foundation to the story. It also chooses to avoid the usual laziness of most Hollywood thrillers by not including irrelevant gun battles and car chases, and has enough twists and turns to the plot t...

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12/11/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Remake ambush

War sucks, dude. There's no Ricki Lake, never enough peanut butter, and your dick can get shot off. Even worse, the enemy might capture you and brainwash you into thinking that the unpopular coward in your platoon saved your life.

This seems to be the case for Capt. Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) in The Manchurian Candidate. Having recommended Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) for a medal of honor because of his supposed heroics during the first Gulf War, Marco even lectures to Boy Scouts that Shaw is "the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being" he's ever known. Marco says nothing however, of his frequent nightmares, which portray Shaw in a much different light--one in which Shaw ain't no hero.

Dismissed until now as effects of Gulf War Syndrome, these nightmares gai...

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