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John Frankenheimer

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Director John Frankenheimer Composer David Amram Cast Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh
Edition 2024
126' - 1962 - Spy Film, Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: Spanish, English

While we are under the spell of a haunting thriller about the Cold War and brainwashing, we are in fact being fed the most sophisticated political satire in American cinema. John Frankenheimer's is rightfully called "the mother of all conspiracy drama". It's ingenious, provocative, inventive, and proved to be prescient for decades to come.

This mother of all conspiracy dramas is a particularly ingenious, provocative American thriller that ridicules political extremism (from both left and right) in razor-sharp satirical excesses. The frenzied plot revolves around an American war veteran who, while incarcerated in Korea, is programmed to shoot the presidential candidate. Because of its prophetic tangents to the Kennedy assassination a year or so later, Frank Sinatra (he plays the comrade-in-arms who tries to foil the plot) bought the rights to the film after the Dallas tragedy and this bleak and toxic-paranoid conspiracy drama was taken out of circulation for years. John Frankenheimer directs George Axelrod's brilliant and complex screenplay, based on a novel by Richard Condon, with an iron hand.

Tickets & screenings: from 19 September 2024.

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John Frankenheimer


David Amram


Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh


George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer

Director of Photography

Lionel Lindon


Ferris Webster


John Frankenheimer, George Axelrod

Production studios

M.C. Productions

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Spanish, English

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"The Manchurian Candidate" (Richard Condon)