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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 79
Notable as: Psychological thriller, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Film noir, Thriller, Spy film, Mystery, Psychological thriller, War film, Political drama, Political thriller, Drama, Crime FictionMain subject: incest, Korean WarNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 126 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Santa MonicaDirector: John FrankenheimerScreenwriter: George Axelrod, John FrankenheimerBased on: The Manchurian CandidateMusic: David AmramCinematography: Lionel LindonStars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, James Edwards, Khigh Dhiegh Producer: John Frankenheimer, George AxelrodAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Ferris Webster)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Angela Lansbury)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
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The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva and James Gregory. Its screenplay, by George Axelrod, is based on the 1959 novel by Richard Condon. The premise of the film is the brainwashing of the son of a prominent right-wing political family as an unwitting assassin in an international communist conspiracy. The Manchurian Candidate was released in the United States on October 24, 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film was well-received and gained nominations for two Academy Awards.


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