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The Manchurian Candidate Details

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Jonathan Demme directed this updated remake of John Frankenheimer's 1962 cult favorite The Manchurian Candidate, a pioneering examination of political conspiracy and psychological reconditioning. Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) are two soldiers who served in the same company during Operation Desert Storm, but their paths following their tours of duty have been very different. Shaw, the son of powerful congresswoman Eleanor Shaw (Meryl Streep), has used his reputation as a war hero to quickly scale the ladder of American politics, and with the help of his mother earns the Vice Presidential nomination. Marco, on the other hand, has been troubled with mental illness, and is convinced that something strange happened to him and his compatriots during the war. As Marco struggles to find the truth behind his nightmares and emotional torment, he unearths some disturbing facts about how his mind and body have been reworked by shadowy forces, as well as those of his fellow soldiers -- including Raymond Shaw. Featuring a stellar supporting cast (including Jon Voight, Miguel Ferrer, Ted Levine, and Dean Stockwell), The Manchurian Candidate credits George Axelrod's screenplay for the 1962 film as its source, as opposed to Richard Condon's 1959 novel from which Axelrod adapted his script. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 30, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Meryl Streep Best Supporting Actress 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meryl Streep Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2004 Nominee

Cast

Denzel Washington
as Major Bennett Marco
Meryl Streep
as Eleanor Prentiss Shaw
Liev Schreiber
as Sgt. Raymond Shaw
Jon Voight
as Senator Thomas Jordan
Kimberly Elise
as Rosie
Jeffrey Wright
as Al Melvin
Ted Levine
as Colonel Howard
Bruno Ganz
as Richard Delp
Simon McBurney
as Dr. Atticus Noyle
Vera Farmiga
as Jocelyn Jordan
Robyn Hitchcock
as Laurent Tokar
Miguel Ferrer
as Colonel Garrett

Crew

Jonathan Demme
Director
Jonathan Demme
Producer
Scott Rudin
Producer
Tina Sinatra
Producer
Ilona Herzberg
Producer
Nancy Sinatra
Producer
Daniel Pyne
Screenwriter
Dean Georgaris
Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto
Cinematographer
Wyclef Jean
Featured Music
Wyclef Jean
Composer (Music Score)
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Craig McKay
Editor
Carol Littleton
Editor
Kristi Zea
Production Designer
Scott Aversano
Executive Producer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Gary Chester
Sound Mixer
George Axelrod
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