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The Manchurian Candidate
Sunday 1:30 p.m., Regal 4 Downtown Mall
1962. USA. 126 min. Director: John Frankenheimer. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh.
During the Korean War, a party of American troops is kidnapped and brainwashed
by Chinese Communists. After they are rescued from enemy lines and welcomed
home, Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Harvey) receives the Congressional Medal of Honor,
recommended by his captain Bennett Marco (Sinatra); however, something is wrong.
Neither Shaw nor Marco can recall exactly what happened during their capture in Korea.
What follows is their pursuit of the truth. Based on Michard Condon's bestselling novel, Frankenheimer's 1962 adaptation is a classic political thriller.
Discussion led by “BackStory with American History Guys,” Brian Balogh (U.Va.), Ed Ayers (University of Richmond), and Peter Onuf (U.Va.)
Supported by Library of Congress and U.Va. Arts Council