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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.


Jonathan Demme


Richard Condon (novel), George Axelrod | 2 more credits »
3,246 ( 435)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Wright ... Al Melvin
Pablo Schreiber ... Eddie Ingram
Anthony Mackie ... Robert Baker
Dorian Missick ... Owens
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Villalobos
Teddy Dunn ... Wilson
Joaquin Perez-Campbell Joaquin Perez-Campbell ... Atkins
Tim Artz Tim Artz ... Jameson
Denzel Washington ... Ben Marco
Robyn Hitchcock ... Laurent Tokar
Liev Schreiber ... Raymond Shaw
Antoine Taylor Antoine Taylor ... Boy Scout #1
Joe Alessi Joe Alessi ... Boy Scout #2 (as Joseph Alessi)
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Scout Dad (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Bill Irwin ... Scoutmaster


When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened -- or didn't happen -- in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out. Written by A Prentiss

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Two of the actors in the film both played world leaders during World War Two in two different films. Jon Voight as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Pearl Harbour (2001) and Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall (2004). See more »


In the opening scene where the "Lost Patrol" is ambushed, Captain Marco is shown driving the truck while Sergeant Shaw is riding in the passenger seat. This is highly unusual in Army doctrine, as the senior most ranking individual will ride as the vehicle commander, sitting in the passenger seat. This is also true as an Officer, generally, will not engage targets on the mounted machine gun. See more »


[first lines]
Ben Marco: So why don't we just go directly right up in this route, straight in...
Laurent Tokar: Yes, I see the Captain enjoys the road less-traveled.
Ben Marco: No, the Captain enjoys not going down the highway, draggin' his ass so every Tom, Dick, Gaddafi can take a whack at it.
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The Leaves Are Gone
by Josh Garza, Benjamin Curtis & Brandon Curtis
Performed by Secret Machines (as The Secret Machines)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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24 December 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Manchurian Candidate (2004)" is a par knock-off of the 1962 classic adapted from the same novel with the usual upgrades and contemporary tweaks. Sporting a good cast and a somewhat cluttered screenplay, the film tells of the plight of a Desert Storm vet (Washington) whose dreams tell a story of what happened to his platoon in Kuwait quite different from the historical account of record with ramifications reaching deep into a U.S. presidential election. A little bulky at two hours, this suspense/drama flick waxes in convolutions and intrigues all the while dangling the "dreams or reality?" question before the audience. With par murmurs from critical corners and mixed commentary from the public in general, this three star flick is probably worth a look for fans of the players or anyone into political thrillers, etc. (B)

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,018,620, 1 August 2004

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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