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_The Manchurian Candidate_ 1962
I at least watched the movie, and I've been telling my dad to get the book from the library for me. (I don't know if I have borrowing privileges at our local library right now...) Anyway, the 1962 film stars Frank Sinatra as Capt/Maj Bennett Marco and Lawrence Harvey as Sgt. Raymond Shaw. Angela Lansbury plays his mother, and Janet Lee, Leslie Parish, among others, also star. James Gregory portrays Senator Iselin.
The movie involves an incident in Korea where a "group of American soldiers are captured..." Brainwashing occurs, and a major incident later occurs where a prominent candidate's words trigger a brainwashed soldier, something to the effect, "I would not ask of anyone else what I would not ask of myself to put my life before my liberty."
Sadly and seemingly arrogantly, Hollywood plans to remake the movie I noticed, but this time they will not use the U.N.'s Korean War as the backdrop but "the Gulf War" according to the article I read at www.imdb.com
. Moreover, if anything, it could only be Operation Desert Storm or Operation Iraqi Freedom then... I wonder if for that movie they'll use different trigger words, say "I'll kill you for my liberty at any chance I get..." I do laugh about it here though...
does have people mentioning the context of the 60s as a backdrop. However, the film supposedly begins as a group of soldiers in Korea get captured and brainwashed. Senator Iselin's character, again played by James Gregory, has a strong resemblance to Vice President Nixon, at least one reviewer claims at the www.imdb.com
site. Another claims the movie ages well, and I'd have to agree with that. It gets rather high ratings.