The Manchurian Candidate

Hollywood at Home

The Manchurian Candidate

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AIRS: Saturdays at 9 p.m. on PBS 6HOST: Victoria LucasCOMPLETE LISTINGS: View schedule
Victoria Lucas
COMING NEXT WEEK: After the Thin Man
A Korean War hero's commanding officer discovers he and his platoon were brainwashed.

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Hollywood at Home host, Victoria Lucas, shares some trivia on this week's feature film.

A U.S. Army platoon, captured by Communists during the Korean War, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis-induced "brainwashing." The aftermath transforms one of the captors (decorated with the Congressional Medal of Honor) (Laurence Harvey) into an operational assassin with a mission...and with a domineering mother (Angela Lansbury) who has intentions to promote her henpecked, Joseph McCarthy-like husband's political career. This classic spinetingler, which comes to a stunning--and suspenseful--climax at a political convention at Madison Square Garden, is a cinematic triumph for director John Frankenheimer. With Frank Sinatra as another "brainwashed" officer who realizes that something is very, very wrong...

Hollywood at Home: The Manchurian Candidate, Saturday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.


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