The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened -- or didn't happen -- in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out.

Rotten Tomatoes: Certified Fresh 81% / Audience 62%

Rated R,  2 hr 10 mins

GENRES
Drama • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION
Jonathan Demme
CAST
Denzel Washington  •  Meryl Streep  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Kimberly Elise

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Denzel Washington Major Bennett Ezekiel Marco
Meryl Streep Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw (D-VA)
Liev Schreiber Congressman Raymond Prentiss Shaw (D-NY)
Kimberly Elise FBI Ag. Eugenie Rose
Jon Voight Senator Thomas Jordan (D-CT)
Vera Farmiga Jocelyne Jordan
Jeffrey Wright CPL Al Melvin
Simon McBurney Atticus Noyle
Bruno Ganz Delp
Ann Dowd Congresswoman Beckett
David Keeley Agent Evan Anderson
Ted Levine Colonel Howard