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THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Kimberly Elise, Jon Voight, David Keeley, Jeffrey Wright, Sakina Jaffrey, Simon McBurney, Paul Lazar, Alyson Renaldo, Adam LeFevre, Robyn Hitchcock, Pablo Schreiber, Tom Stechschulte, Anthony Mackie, Dorian Missick, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Teddy Dunn, Joaquin Perez-Campbell, Tim Artz, Ted Levine, Bruno Ganz, Jude Ciccolella, Dean Stockwell, John Bedford Lloyd, Andre B Blake, Antoine Taylor, Joseph Alessi, Ray Anthony Thomas, Bill Irwin, Miguel Ferrer, Darrell Larson, Benjamin 'BeBe' Winans, James McCauley, Carol-Jean Lewis, Zeljko Ivanek, Obba Babatunde, Harry Northup, Charles Napier, Robert Castle, John Aprea, Josh Elrod, Lauren Roselli, Wally Dunn, Daryl Edwards, Stacey Newsome-Santiago, Al Franken, Enrique Correa, David Neumann, Neda Armian, Hugh Karraker, Forrest Sawyer, Kaity Tong, Roma Torre-Lopez, Kristen Shaughnessy, Ed Crane, Brad Holbrook, Ukee Washington, Prue Lewarne, Gayle King, Kate Valk, Tracey Walter, Josh Mowery, Al Lopez, Danny Darst, Jane DeNoble, James Howard, Stephanie McBride, Sidney Lumet, Reno, Anna Deavere Smith, Beau Sia, Roy Blount Jr, Fab Five Freddy, Dorothy Maneiro Brown, Dan Olmstead, Roger Corman, E Jean Carroll, Reggie Austin, Reginald Footman, Michelle Roberson, Ann Dowd, Ann Pearl Gary, Duana Butler, William Meisle, Walter Mosley, Malcolm Simpson, Cassius Wilkinson, Josephine Demme, Gabriela Fung, Denzel Delahoussaye, Leona E Sondreal, Jeremy Knaster, Christopher M Russo, Michael C Pierce, Tymberly Canale, Tom Chapin
Director: Jonathan Demme
UK: 130 mins
USA Rated: R for violence and some language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong violence and language
USA Release Date: 30 July 2004
UK Release Date: 19 November 2004
Academy AwardŽ winners Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, along with Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber, star in Academy AwardŽ winner Jonathan Demme's THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. As the entire nation watches the presidential campaign hurtle towards Election Day, one soldier races to uncover the conspiracy behind it - a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself.
U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco (Washington) can't sleep at night ... and he doesn't want to. Marco spends his days giving inspiring speeches about his platoon's ambush in the Kuwaiti desert and the heroics of Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Schreiber), who won the Medal of Honor for saving Marco's crew. But at night, Marco's dreamlike memories of the desert turn sinister and terrifying. And Marco privately wonders whether the two soldiers who died in the firefight might have met darker fates than officially recorded - and whether Shaw might not be the glorious hero that everyone thinks he is.
When Shaw takes the national stage as a surefire candidate for vice president - under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw (Streep) - Marco is forced to act on his growing suspicions. With military officials questioning his sanity, and the net of security tightening around Shaw, Marco races to probe deeper into the unimaginable, shocking truth before the White House is won.