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2000s, Combat - Iraq, Drama - Conspiracy

The Manchurian Candidate

Released 2004 Rating 15 in UK
Director Jonathan Demme Writer/s Daniel Pyne, Dean Georgaris
Starring Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep
Source of story A novel by Richard Condon, the 1962 screenplay by George Axelrod
Elevator Pitch Raymond Shaw, a former soldier, is nominated to become vice-president of the USA with the assistance of his mother, a senator, this based on the fact that he is a hero, having saved his platoon from ambush in Desert Storm. But did it really happen? His commanding officer, who has no memory of the event, is determined to find out.
Content Just a bit of military combat, a lot of talking, some surgical procedures and an implication of an incestuous relationship (which was apparently toned down from the previous version, but I think they did pretty well).
A View It was, in my view quite difficult to transpose this drama from 1962, the time of the Korean war, to the 1990s but they managed it, and for this one of the screenwriters was paid a million dollars. And despite the lunacy of the plot it held together pretty well and there were moments of tension. It did not make money, but now – free on cable – worth a watch for those who enjoy conspiracy.

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