History Literature / TheManchurianCandidate

30th Nov '16 6:17:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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During TheKoreanWar, Captain Bennett Marco and Sergeant Raymond Shaw were part of a platoon that was captured in 1952. They are taken to Manchuria, and are brainwashed to believe that Sgt. Shaw saved their lives in combat for which the Army awards him the Medal of Honor.

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During TheKoreanWar, UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, Captain Bennett Marco and Sergeant Raymond Shaw were part of a platoon that was captured in 1952. They are taken to Manchuria, and are brainwashed to believe that Sgt. Shaw saved their lives in combat for which the Army awards him the Medal of Honor.
9th Nov '16 7:45:43 AM gewunomox
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:The Iselins]] are the only bad guys in the original who receive any kind of LaserGuidedKarma at all. The DirtyCommunists in charge of Raymond's brainwashing, notably Yen-Lo, all get off scott-free.

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:The Iselins]] are the only bad guys in the original who receive any kind of LaserGuidedKarma at all. The DirtyCommunists in charge of Raymond's brainwashing, notably Yen-Lo, all get off scott-free.scot-free.



21st Oct '16 9:01:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar: The opening scene of both the novel and the 1962 film.
2nd Aug '16 1:46:33 PM JamesAustin
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''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'' is a 1959 ConspiracyThriller novel by Richard Condon, about the son of a prominent political family who has been brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for the Communist Party. The novel was adapted for the screen in 1962 and again in 2004.

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''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'' ''The Manchurian Candidate'' is a 1959 ConspiracyThriller novel by Richard Condon, about the son of a prominent political family who has been brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for the Communist Party. The novel was adapted for the screen in 1962 and again in 2004.
19th Jul '16 8:26:40 AM Katsuhagi
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* GenerationXerox: Played darkly, since Eleanor's father had an incestuous sexual relationship with her when she was a child, and Eleanor herself eventually has sex with Raymond.
28th Jun '16 1:20:18 PM MasoTey
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* FireForgedFriends: Neither Marco nor Shaw liked one and other at first. It's one of the few things that tips Marco off that something isn't right when he mentions the phrase "Raymond Shaw is the most kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I have ever known in my life." However eventually they do become good friends as aside from Jocie, Marco is the only person that he's ever expressed a side opposite of his usual {{Jerkass}} persona. However judging by the brainwashing scene, it was implied that from the start, Raymond did respect Marco and said he hated him the least.

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* FireForgedFriends: Neither Marco nor Shaw liked one and other another at first. It's one of the few things that tips Marco off that something isn't right when he mentions the phrase "Raymond Shaw is the most kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I have ever known in my life." However eventually they do become good friends as aside from Jocie, Marco is the only person that he's ever expressed a side opposite of his usual {{Jerkass}} persona. However judging by the brainwashing scene, it was implied that from the start, Raymond did respect Marco and said he hated him the least.



* ItMakesSenseInContext: but you probably couldn't get away with a heated fight scene in a modern thriller wherein the hero continually screams ''"HOW DID THE OLD LADIES TURN INTO RUSSIANS?"''
* JerkassFacade: Raymond is a top tier douchebag. He's rude, haughty,and [[LackOfEmpathy he doesn't care about you]]. He developed this personality to cope with his vicious mother and loutish stepdad. The only people who have seen his vulnerable side are [[HeterosexualLifePartners Major Marco]] and Jocie.

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: but you You probably couldn't get away with a heated fight scene in a modern thriller wherein the hero continually screams ''"HOW DID THE OLD LADIES TURN INTO RUSSIANS?"''
* JerkassFacade: Raymond is a top tier douchebag. He's rude, haughty,and haughty, and [[LackOfEmpathy he doesn't care about you]]. He developed this personality to cope with his vicious mother and loutish stepdad. The only people who have seen his vulnerable side are [[HeterosexualLifePartners Major Marco]] and Jocie.



* SatelliteCharacter / SatelliteLoveInterest: In the novel and 1962 film Rosie pops up out of nowhere, helps calm Marco down at a point where the nightmares are really getting to Marco, and then does absolutely nothing else except [[MsFanservice fill out some dresses nicely]] in the movie. [[note]]All of which lends itself to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation; see the YMMV page for details[[/note]]

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* SatelliteCharacter / SatelliteLoveInterest: In the novel and 1962 film Rosie pops up out of nowhere, helps calm Marco down at a point where the nightmares are really getting to Marco, and then does absolutely nothing else except [[MsFanservice fill out some dresses nicely]] in the movie. [[note]]All of which lends itself to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation; see the YMMV page for details[[/note]]
23rd Jun '16 6:35:10 PM Katsuhagi
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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has three possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, Marco shot him, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which occurred.

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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has three two possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, Marco shot him, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which occurred.



* MercyKill: [[spoiler: In the book, Marco orders a brainwashed Raymond to shoot his mother and stepfather, then shoot himself. He remarks, "No electric chair for a Medal of Honor man.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler: In the book, Marco orders a brainwashed Raymond to shoot his mother and stepfather, then shoot himself. He remarks, "No electric chair for a Medal of Honor man.]]"]]
23rd Jun '16 6:32:33 PM Katsuhagi
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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has two possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which of the two occurred.

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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has two three possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, Marco shot him, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which of the two occurred.
23rd May '16 3:05:00 PM burninmylight
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* TheCasanova: Marco is said to have at least two women every night, and Raymond's pretty good at with women as well. Raymond was originally shy around women, but Dr. Yen Lo [[ThrowTheDogABone "removed" Raymond's sexual timidity during his brainwashing.]]

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* TheCasanova: Marco is said to have at least two women every night, and Raymond's pretty good at with women as well. Raymond was originally shy around women, but Dr. Yen Lo [[ThrowTheDogABone "removed" Raymond's sexual timidity during his brainwashing.]]
19th May '16 3:52:09 AM Caswin
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* WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue: Apparently, it's an "old wives' tale" that hypnotized people can't be forced to do things that are against their natures.

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* WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue: Apparently, it's an "old wives' tale" that hypnotized people can't be forced to do things that are against their natures. [[spoiler:While it doesn't initially ''stop'' him, the act of killing Jocelyn visibly does a number on Raymond and contributes to his overcoming his conditioning later on.]]
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