The Manchurian Candidate

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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.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Richard Condon (novel), George Axelrod, Daniel Pyne (screenplay), Dean Georgaris (screenplay)
Production: Paramount Pictures
Year: 2004
MetaScore: 76/100
ImdbRating: 6.6
BoxOffice: $65,700,000
Released: 30 Jul 2004
Awards: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations.


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Al Melvin - Jeffrey Wright
Eddie Ingram - Pablo Schreiber
Robert Baker - Anthony Mackie
Villalobos - Jose Pablo Cantillo
Wilson - Teddy Dunn
Jameson - Tim Artz
Ben Marco - Denzel Washington
Laurent Tokar - Robyn Hitchcock
Raymond Shaw - Liev Schreiber
Boy Scout #1 - Antoine Taylor
Boy Scout #2 (as Joseph Alessi) - Joe Alessi
Scout Dad (as Ray Anthony Thomas) - Raymond Anthony Thomas
Scoutmaster - Bill Irwin
TV Commentator - Al Franken
Senator Thomas Jordan - Jon Voight
Eleanor Shaw - Meryl Streep
Gillespie - Paul Lazar
Ellie's Mysterious Aide - Danny Darst
Political Aide - Stephanie McBride
Political Aide - Molly Hickok
Political Aide - Victoria Haynes
Congressman Healy - Adam LeFevre
Mr. Secretary - Roger Corman
Green Room Official #2 - Leona E. Sondreal
Vaughn Utly - Zeljko Ivanek
Senator from Florida - Jim Roche
Congresswoman Becket - Ann Dowd
Senator Wells - Obba Babatundé
Congressman Flores (as Harry Northrup) - Harry Northup
Self (as James Beattie Howard) - James B. Howard
Congressman Rawlins - Walter Mosley
"Gordy" - Gordon Brummer
Media Icon - Gayle King
Newscaster #7 - Brad Holbrook
Roving Reporter (as Stacey Newsome-Santiago) - Stacey Newsome Santiago
Newscaster #4 - Kristen Shaughnessy
Newscaster #8 - Prue Lewarne
Newscaster #1 - Forrest Sawyer
Newscaster #9 - Ukee Washington
Newscaster #6 - Ed Crane
Newscaster #2 - Kaity Tong
Newscaster #3 (as Roma Torre-Lopez) - Roma Torre
Tyler Prentiss - William Meisle
Senator John Shaw - Dan Olmstead
Mysterious Arabic Woman - Sakina Jaffrey
Atticus Noyle - Simon McBurney
General Sloan - Charles Napier
General Wilson (as Robert Castle) - Robert W. Castle
Rear Admiral Glick - John Aprea
Robert Arthur - Tom Stechschulte
Robert Arthur's Wife - Jane DeNoble
Jocelyne Jordan - Vera Farmiga
David Donovan - Jude Ciccolella
Mark Whiting - Dean Stockwell
Jay "J.B." Johnston - John Bedford Lloyd
Agent Evan Anderson - David Keeley
Secret Service Agent #1 - Christopher M. Russo
Secret Service Agent #2 - Michael C. Pierce
Colonel Howard - Ted Levine
Colonel Garret - Miguel Ferrer
Army Transcriber - Marin Ireland
Army Transcriber - Glen Hartell
Night Clerk - Tracey Walter
Mirella Freeman - Alyson Renaldo
Rosie's Cousin - Edwidge Danticat
Rosie's Cousin's Mentor (as Kenny Utt) - Kenneth Utt
Delp - Bruno Ganz
Reporter #2 - Enrique Correa
Reporter #3 - David Neumann
Reporter #4 - Neda Armian
Campaign Security - Paul Johnson
FBI Agent Jonas - James McCauley
FBI Agent Williams - BeBe Winans
FBI Agent Ramirez - Darrell Larson
Agent Volk - Kate Valk
Late Night Comedian - Beau Sia
Library Clerk - Duana Butler
Library Patron (as Big Jim Wheeler) - Jim Wheeler
Jordan's Aide - Lauren Roselli
Jordan's Aide - Stephen Richardson
Rosie's Sidekick - Shing Ka
Yelling Kid - Malcolm Simpson
"Abe Lincoln" (as Cassius Wilkinson) - Cassius Kumar Wilkinson
"Statue of Liberty" (as Josephine Demme) - Jos Demme
"Betsy Ross" - Gabriela Fung
"George Washington" - Denzel Delahoussaye
"Uncle Sam" - Aaron Scoenfeld
"American Eagle" - Michael Shehata
Governor Edward Nelson - Tom Chapin
Churchgoer (as Lewis 'Jiggs' Walker) - Jiggs Walker
Jimmy - Joey Perillo
The Guy with the Shades - Buzz Kilman
Arthur's Mother - Marie Runyon
Arthur's Child - Eliza Simpson
Arthur's Child - Julie Adamy
Victory Party Director - Andre B. Blake
Victory Party Celebrity Soldier (as Tymberly Canale Harris) - Tymberly Canale
Shaw's Aide - Lilly McDowell
Shaw's Aide (as Josh Elrod) - Joshua Elrod
Klaus Bachman (as Craig Branam) - Craig Branham
Political Pundit - Sidney Lumet
Political Pundit - Anna Deavere Smith
Political Pundit - Roy Blount Jr.
Political Pundit - Fab 5 Freddy
Skid Row Resident #1 - Reggie Austin
Campaign Staffer - Jaclynn Tiffany Brown
Reporter #5 - E. Jean Carroll
Naval Sea Captain - Thomas Daniel
Burly Passenger - Wally Dunn
Train Conductor - Daryl Edwards
Skid Row Resident #2 - Reginald Footman
Skid Rown Resident #4 - Ann Pearl Gary
Political Party Member - James Howard
TV Moderator - Hugh Karraker
Caretaker - Jeremy Knaster
Waiter - Al Lopez
FBI Agent - Pete Macnamara
Choir Soloist - Dorothy Maneiro Brown
VP Candidate - Josh Mowery
Skid Row Resident #3 - Mitch Roberson
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