Saturday, December 11, 2010

Top 300 Movies of All Time" #264 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Directed by John Frankenheimer, 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate" is the original and best political thriller of all time and ushered in a short era of very good politically oriented films. 

The cast is sterling. Sinatra is the hero trying to unravel what is wrong with his army buddy Laurence Harvey. Janet Leigh, Henry Silva, John McGiver and James Gregory are outstanding in support in this movie about brainwashing and political assassination.Lots of great stuff, but a wonderful scene involving a lake.

This movie, however is best remembered for a towering performance delived by Angela Lansbury, portraying Laurence Harvey's mother and the ringleader of an effort to get her husband James Gregory elected President. She should've won an Oscar. For those who only know her from "Murder She Wrote", you will be pleasantly surprised at how deliciously evil she is in this role.

Sinatra is said to have held this from the public for almost thirty years as he was fearful it may have inspired Oswald's assassination of his friend President Kennedy. The implications of his emotional association with the movie, you will not be disappointed.  

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