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The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1962)

Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate.
— Variety

Laurence Harvey stars as Raymond Shaw- a former P.O.W. who has been brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. The first of what would come to be known as Frankenheimer’s “Paranoia Trilogy” (along with Seven Days in May and Seconds) The Manchurian Candidate is a classic of boasts a brilliant cast that includes Frank Sinatra, Jennifer Leigh and Angela Lansbury - who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.