History Literature / TheManchurianCandidate

2nd Apr '18 3:10:19 AM WillMarshall
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*** What makes the 1962 version a bit more confusing is that, while the Iselins are most likely Republicans (what with all the busts of Abraham Lincoln, Sen. Iselin being based on Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, and all the anti-Communist rhetoric), Senator Jordan, a political enemy of the Iselins who they once accused of being a Communist publicly, is in the SAME PARTY if his influence at the Convention is anything to go by. Does that make the Iselins conservative Democrats, even though they're northerners and it's the late fifties/early sixties? Or does it make Jordan a liberal New Deal Republican a'la Fiorello La Guardia or Thomas E. Dewey?
6th Mar '18 5:09:52 AM JackG
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* ComplexityAddiction: The EvilPlan involves capturing one particular American soldier alive (along with his uni)t from all the soldiers fighting in Korea, brainwashing them into believing his heroism so Shaw will get the Medal of Honor, arranging for additional agents in the United States to keep an eye on them all... for a plot that doesn't require any of this. If Shaw is captured he just looks like a war veteran who went insane, which defeats the entire purpose to bring about an anti-communist fervor that will sweep Iselin to power. They just need an accurate shooter and a [[WhoShotJFK patsy with known communist sympathies to be the fall guy...umm...]]

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* ComplexityAddiction: The EvilPlan involves capturing one particular American soldier alive (along with his uni)t unit) from all the soldiers fighting in Korea, brainwashing them into believing his heroism so Shaw will get the Medal of Honor, arranging for additional agents in the United States to keep an eye on them all... for a plot that doesn't require any of this. If Shaw is captured he just looks like a war veteran who went insane, which defeats the entire purpose to bring about an anti-communist fervor that will sweep Iselin to power. They just need an accurate shooter and a [[WhoShotJFK patsy with known communist sympathies to be the fall guy...umm...]]
6th Mar '18 5:09:24 AM JackG
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* ComplexityAddiction: The evil communist plan involves capturing one particular American soldier alive along with his unit from all the soldiers fighting in Korea, brainwashing them into believing his heroism so Shaw will get the Medal of Honor, arranging for additional agents in the United States to keep an eye on them all, for a plot that doesn't require any of this. If Shaw is captured, he just looks like a war veteran who went insane, which defeats the entire plot to bring about an anti-communist fervor that will sweep Iselin to power. They just need an accurate shooter and a [[WhoShotJFK patsy with known communist sympathies to be the fall guy...umm...]]

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* ComplexityAddiction: The evil communist plan EvilPlan involves capturing one particular American soldier alive along (along with his unit uni)t from all the soldiers fighting in Korea, brainwashing them into believing his heroism so Shaw will get the Medal of Honor, arranging for additional agents in the United States to keep an eye on them all, all... for a plot that doesn't require any of this. If Shaw is captured, captured he just looks like a war veteran who went insane, which defeats the entire plot purpose to bring about an anti-communist fervor that will sweep Iselin to power. They just need an accurate shooter and a [[WhoShotJFK patsy with known communist sympathies to be the fall guy...umm...]]
6th Mar '18 5:07:38 AM JackG
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* ComplexityAddiction: The evil communist plan involves capturing one particular American soldier alive along with his unit, brainwashing all of them so Shaw will get the Medal of Honor, then sending him back to the United States with additional agents to keep on eye on him for an assassination.

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* ComplexityAddiction: The evil communist plan involves capturing one particular American soldier alive along with his unit, unit from all the soldiers fighting in Korea, brainwashing all of them into believing his heroism so Shaw will get the Medal of Honor, then sending him back to arranging for additional agents in the United States with additional agents to keep on an eye on him them all, for a plot that doesn't require any of this. If Shaw is captured, he just looks like a war veteran who went insane, which defeats the entire plot to bring about an assassination.anti-communist fervor that will sweep Iselin to power. They just need an accurate shooter and a [[WhoShotJFK patsy with known communist sympathies to be the fall guy...umm...]]
6th Mar '18 4:59:22 AM JackG
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* ComplexityAddiction: The evil communist plan involves capturing one particular American soldier alive along with his unit, brainwashing all of them so Shaw will get the Medal of Honor, then sending him back to the United States with additional agents to keep on eye on him for an assassination.
11th Feb '18 10:16:29 AM marcoasalazarm
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The corporate board of Manchurian Global in the remake. What else can you label a bunch of people who create a ManchurianAgent for the sake of taking over the White House, with murders galore?



* EvilInc: 2004 film.

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* EvilInc: Manchurian Global in the 2004 film.film. They are not working for any government -- the whole plot is being made for their own monetary interests (whichever they are).



* HeroicSacrifice: In the remake, [[spoiler: Shaw and Marco are both able to partially overcome their programing and Shaw gets Marco to shoot him and his mother to stop the plot.]]
** [[spoiler: Also an example of TakingYouWithMe.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: In the remake, [[spoiler: Shaw [[spoiler:Shaw and Marco are both able to partially overcome their programing and Shaw gets Marco to shoot him and his mother to stop the plot.]]
** [[spoiler: Also
plot. In Shaw's case this is also an example of TakingYouWithMe.]]



* 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."]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: A subtle example, on the newspaper that shows the headline of [[spoiler:Thomas Jordan and his daughter's murder]] in the 1962 film version, there is a subheader of twenty people being killed in a hurricane. Twenty normal people dead is less important than [[spoiler: one politician and his daughter]].

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler: In [[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."]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: A subtle example, on the newspaper that shows the headline of [[spoiler:Thomas Jordan and his daughter's murder]] in the 1962 film version, there is a subheader of twenty people being killed in a hurricane. Twenty normal people dead is less important than [[spoiler: one [[spoiler:one politician and his daughter]].



* TheMole

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* TheMoleTheMole: Shaw and Marco, pretty unwillingly. Mrs. Iselin, ''very'' willingly.



** In the 2004 version, it's implied that they are Democrats, what with the mention of being denied the White House another four years and their strength being with the northeast, west, blacks, and college students. It nevertheless comes off as a little forced when even after [[spoiler: Sen. Jordan's assassination]] newsreaders only ever refer to "his party."

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** In the 2004 version, it's implied that they are Democrats, what with the mention of being denied the White House another four years and their strength being with the northeast, west, blacks, and college students. It nevertheless comes off as a little forced when even after [[spoiler: Sen.[[spoiler:Sen. Jordan's assassination]] newsreaders only ever refer to "his party."



* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Sgt. Raymond Prentiss Shaw is awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing his platoon. Perhaps a case of ItWasHisSled, but [[spoiler: the action never happened, they were kidnapped and brainwashed, and Captain Marco was brainwashed into nominating him for the Medal.]]

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* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Sgt. Raymond Prentiss Shaw is awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing his platoon. Perhaps a case of ItWasHisSled, but [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the action never happened, they were kidnapped and brainwashed, and Captain Marco was brainwashed into nominating him for the Medal.]]



* UnfriendlyFire: Featured prominently.

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* UnfriendlyFire: Featured prominently. [[spoiler:The soldiers of Shaw's and Marco's platoon that were killed but didn't died in the initial ambush were slaughtered by their own brainwashed brothers to test that such a thing was possible once they were activated. And then there's also Shaw killing his mother (Marco killing Shaw and Mrs. Iselin in the remake).]]



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Raymond's mother Mrs. Iselin always calls anyone who disagrees with her political views, or even her overall views in general, a Communist. [[spoiler: Which makes her role as Raymond's controller more ironic.]]

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Raymond's mother Mrs. Iselin always calls anyone who disagrees with her political views, or even her overall views in general, a Communist. [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which makes her role as Raymond's controller more ironic.]]
13th Jan '18 8:34:17 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Eleanor was only 17 when she gave birth to Raymond.

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Eleanor was [[TeenPregnancy only 17 17]] when she gave birth to Raymond.
7th Jan '18 9:57:05 AM speedyboris
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* TakeOurWordForIt: The speech that Senator Iselin was supposed to read after the assassination. We never hear it. It's described as:
--> '''Mrs. Iselin''': The speech is short. But it's the most rousing speech I've ever read. It's been worked on, here and in Russia, on and off, for over eight years. I shall force someone to take the body away from him and Johnny will really hit those microphones and those cameras with blood all over him, fighting off anyone who tries to help him, defending America even if it means his own death, rallying a nation of television viewers to hysteria, to sweep us up into the White House with powers that will make martial law seem like ''anarchy''.
10th Oct '17 7:42:02 AM JamesAustin
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* CameraTricks: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds rule of thirds]] is dramatically averted in the first shot of Janet Leigh. She is presented right in the middle of the frame. It's a bit startling.

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* CameraTricks: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds rule of thirds]] is dramatically averted in the first shot of Janet Leigh.Creator/JanetLeigh. She is presented right in the middle of the frame. It's a bit startling.
25th Aug '17 3:19:47 PM AdamC
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* AbusiveParents: Eleanor is demeaning and controlling to her son, using him as a prop to build up her husband's political career and forcing him to break up with the woman he loves. [[spoiler: When it's revealed she's also his hypnotic controller, she even orders him to ''kill'' the woman he loves, and in the book has sex with him while he's under a trance.]]


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** BiggerBad: In the end the BigBad is a puppet of the communist conspiracy and of Dr. Lo in particular. [[spoiler: Eleanor, while an abusive parent and communist spy, was genuinely horrified when she found out what they'd done to her son.]]
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