The Manchurian Can­di­date

film / 6.25pm / TCM

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Di­rec­tor John franken­heimer’s ra­zor­sharp 1962 Cold War thriller has lost none of its edge. Lau­rence Har­vey and Frank Si­na­tra (in one of his finest per­for­mances) are among a group of GIS cap­tured and brain­washed in the Korean War. They re­turn to the US un­aware that Har­vey has been pro­grammed and that, given the right trig­ger, he’ll be­come a com­mu­nist as­sas­sin. Worse, it is his mother (a ter­ri­fy­ing An­gela Lans­bury) con­trol­ling him. What makes the film so out­stand­ing is its un­der­stand­ing of pol­i­tics and its plea against ex­trem­ism. It shows a world where there is only far left and right, with a vacuum in the cen­tre.

Frank Si­na­tra and Lau­rence Har­vey

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