The Manchurian Candidate
film / 6.25pm / TCM
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