The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate

Without tampering with the bones of its narrative, Jon­a­than Demme has transformed The Manchurian Candidate, turning the classic cold-war pulp thriller into a fictional sibling of Fahrenheit 9/11. Paranoia still fuels the tale, as it did in Richard Condon’s 1959 novel and John Frankenheimer’s 1962 movie, but the fizz, the sex, the comedy, and the insolence of those entertainments have been replaced by mournfulness, anger, astringent...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.