The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Director
John Frankenheimer

Main cast
Frank Sinatra; Janet Leigh; Laurence Harvey; Angela Lansbury; Henry Silva

Genres
Mystery, Thriller

Description
The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.


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