The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

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2004 M Contains violence.

This summer everything is under control.

Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, along with Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber, mesmerise a whole new generation of audiences in Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme's "The Manchurian Candidate."

As the entire nation watches the presidential campaign hurtle towards Election Day, one soldier races to uncover the conspiracy behind it - a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself.

U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) can't sleep at night... and he doesn't want to. Marco spends his days giving inspiring speeches about his platoon's ambush in the Kuwaiti desert and the heroics of Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber), who won the Medal of Honor for saving Marco's crew. But at night, Marco's dreamlike memories of the desert turn sinister and terrifying. And Marco privately wonders whether the two soldiers who died in the firefight might have met darker fates than officially recorded - and whether Shaw might not be the glorious hero that everyone thinks he is.

When haw takes the national stage as a surefire candidate for vice president - under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw (Meryl Streep) - Marco is forced to act on his growing suspicions. With military officials questioning his sanity, and the net of security tightening around Shaw, Marco races to prove deeper into the unimaginable, shocking truth before the White House in won.

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125 minutes

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English, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish
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3 by Freddy10

Super thriller. Denzel as usual at his very best. Drag a bit later on but recovered again for a great climax. Well worth seeing it.

3 by pbaby1980

Good movie, was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as i did.

5 by Fidee

This was actually a request by both my husband and father. I didn't watch it but from the reaction on the faces of those in my household who did watch it.....they thought it was great. The enjoyed... Read more

3 by kannyyoung

a great movie, sometimes we wonder if we had a mother like that! Slightly predictable but still has enough edge to keep you entertained. Well worth a gork.

3.5 by Blackpeter

Interesting plot ... and some great acting from Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington. Looking at the way the story was told: it starts a bit slow without really bringing the message across - and the finish... Read more

4 by kiwi

what a great thriller with a complex story that needed close attention paid to it. Great acting by everyone.

4.5 by addy

I'll probably get shot for saying it but I think this is even better than the original classic with Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey. Meryl Streep in fantastic in this, as the manipulative mother from... Read more

5 by 30 something

My husband and I really enjoyed this movie. Denzel Washington played his part very well as did Meryl Streep (although I'm not a huge fan of hers)and the story was action-packed with an unpredictable... Read more

3 by Ginni

Solid suspense/thriller with Streep in the sort of role she carries off well. In fact her performance is the best thing about a movie with a rather stretched plotline in credibility terms - unless you... Read more

3 by Sneaky

This was about a nation watches the presidential campaign hurtle towards Election Day, and to uncover the conspiracy behind it. Good to watch.