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At Theaters: 7/30/2004 On Video: 12/21/2004
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429987
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Sergeant Raymond Shaw takes the national stage as a surefire candidate for vice president – under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor Shaw – 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 probe deeper into the unimaginable, shocking truth before the White House is won.

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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - This is a political drama/thriller aimed toward adult moviegoers. Violent content makes the film inappropriate for children, who would be bored anyhow.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Denzel Washington MAN ON FIRE, OUT OF TIME, ANTWONE FISHER, JOHN Q
Meryl Streep THE HOURS, MUSIC OF THE HEART, ONE TRUE THING
Liev Schreiber THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, KATE & LEOPOLD, HAMLET
Director: Jonathan Demme THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, BELOVED
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 6 S-words, 3 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, suffocations, mutilations, drownings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Scenes of war combat.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average As remakes go, "The Manchurian Candidate" is better than most. It remains faithful to the premise and themes of the original, but, by avoiding a slavish re-interpretation, it offers some surprises to those who are familiar with the 1962 version. Yet there's still a problem, and it has to do with the ending. 42 years ago, "The Manchurian Candidate" capped off a Hitchcockian climax with a grim-but-reasonable conclusion. Here, the climax is just as taut, and the payoff is equally tragic, but it's immediately followed by a cheat.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good To compare Demme's version with Frankenheimer's is sort of irrelevant. That was then and this is now. Sinatra and Washington are both complete and self-contained and cannot be meaningfully compared. What we can say is that Demme has taken a story we thought we knew and, while making its outlines mostly recognizable, rotated it into another dimension of conspiracy.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Despite its brand-name title, A-list cast/director combo and convention-week timing, "The Manchurian Candidate" is a case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle. You can feel the chafing, to say nothing of the burden this capably crafted shrug has taken on.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 181 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
6
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
21
Fairly High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
Fairly High
96%
30+Adults (M)
55
Fairly High
76%
30+Adults (F)
66
High
92%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 181 moviegoer opinions. Fairly disappointing opinions across the board. The first thing I noticed is the low percentage of "Fantastic" opinions. Even more damaging is the very big percentage of "Good" and lower opinions. With most of the opinions in the "Very Good" to "Good" range I would say that this is an average to above average movie at best. Most of you will be satisfied to some extent, but it's not likely to be a movie that you will remember much past leaving the theater. If you only see a limited number of movies at theaters you may want to save this one for a rental. Otherwise, it would be a safer bet at a matinee.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco (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 (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 Shaw takes the national stage as a surefire candidate for vice president – under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw (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 probe deeper into the unimaginable, shocking truth before the White House is won.

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