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The movie was remade with [[Denzel Washington]] in the Sinatra role and [[Liev Schreiber]] as a the assassin controlled by a [[microchip]] brain implant. The bad guys in the remake are not communists, but simply people with a [[political agenda]].<ref>[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/manchurian_candidate/about.php 'Rotten Tomatoes' Plot Summary]</ref>
 
The movie was remade with [[Denzel Washington]] in the Sinatra role and [[Liev Schreiber]] as a the assassin controlled by a [[microchip]] brain implant. The bad guys in the remake are not communists, but simply people with a [[political agenda]].<ref>[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/manchurian_candidate/about.php 'Rotten Tomatoes' Plot Summary]</ref>
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==Colloquial Usage==
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In modern day usage, to describe a political candidate as a "Manchurian Candidate" is to say that they are hiding their real beliefs in hope of being elected, and afterwords able to advance their hidden agenda.  Barack Obama is frequently accused of being a Muslim Manchurian Candidate, by sources such as [http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=79411 WorldNetDaily] and others.
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==Notes==
 
==Notes==

Revision as of 16:33, 31 October 2008

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 movie about a Communist conspiracy to drug and hypnotize an American POW into assassinating a candidate for President of the United States. Frank Sinatra portrayed an army officer who uncovers the plot.

A key premise of the movie was that it was possible to brainwash an unsuspecting prisoner into committing murder:

... a tall, bald Communist Chinese/Korean doctor-spylord Yen Lo ... introduces the captured, passive and impotent men, all drugged and hypnotized [for] a public demonstration of the powers of hypnotism [1]

One reviewer called this premise "far-fetched".[1]

The movie featured a riveting performance by Angela Lansbury[2] as the brilliant, controlling mother who manipulated both her husband and her son to realize her dream of a communist takeover of the United States. Her husband was a parody of Senator Joseph McCarthy, who brandishes a list of 57 card carrying communists.

The movie was remade with Denzel Washington in the Sinatra role and Liev Schreiber as a the assassin controlled by a microchip brain implant. The bad guys in the remake are not communists, but simply people with a political agenda.[3]

Colloquial Usage

In modern day usage, to describe a political candidate as a "Manchurian Candidate" is to say that they are hiding their real beliefs in hope of being elected, and afterwords able to advance their hidden agenda. Barack Obama is frequently accused of being a Muslim Manchurian Candidate, by sources such as WorldNetDaily and others.


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Although the film initially failed at the box-office and its plot was considered far-fetched, it anticipated the American obsession with conspiracy theories in the early to mid-60s." [1]
  2. IMDB website
  3. 'Rotten Tomatoes' Plot Summary