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Running Time:
130 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence and some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Great performances and an improved updated storyline make this mesmerizing political thriller one of the best remakes ever.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: co-writer Daniel Pyne; "The Enemy Within: Inside The Manchurian Candidate"; "The Cast of the Manchurian Candidate"; Five deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary: Marco and Raymond Talk on Patrol, Marco's Worried Neighbor, Raymond Meets Executives While Senator Jordan Confronts Ellie at Fundraiser, Campaign Trail Montage, Marco and Raymond Interrupted at Campaign HQ; Outtakes with optional commentary: Ellie's Interview With Stacey Newsome-Santiago, Ellie's Interview With Al Franken; Liev Schreiber screen test; Political Pundits with optional director commentary.

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 the nation. U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) can't sleep at night; and he doesn't want to. He spends his days giving inspiring speeches about his platoon's ambush in the Kuwaiti desert and the heroics of Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev 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 hero that everyone thinks he is. When Shaw becomes the vice presidential candidate, under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw (Meryl 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 election. Sporting two fine supporting performances from Kimberly Elise and Jon Voight as the competing vice presidential candidate who is Streep's longtime nemesis. Director Jonathan Demme's remake of John Frankenheimer's classic 1962 film, is even better than the original, and far superior to his last venture into remaking a movie (translating the delightful Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn comedy "Charade," into the dismal "The Truth About Charlie"). This time he's got a real winner that audiences will enjoy.

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