History Literature / TheManchurianCandidate

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.]]
10th Aug '17 2:29:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** BiggerBad: In the original, it's the [[DirtyCommunists Communists]], but in the 2004 film it's [[MegaCorp Manchurian Global]].
8th Aug '17 8:06:44 PM Mdumas43073
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The 2004 remake, directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, updates the setting to [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Operation Desert Storm]], makes the bad guys an evil corporation instead of communists, and stars Creator/DenzelWashington as Ben Marco and Creator/LievSchrieber as Raymond Shaw. Creator/MerylStreep plays Shaw's mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. It also adds a twist.

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The 2004 remake, directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, updates the setting to [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Operation Desert Storm]], makes the bad guys an evil corporation instead of communists, and stars Creator/DenzelWashington as Ben Marco and Creator/LievSchrieber Creator/LievSchreiber as Raymond Shaw. Creator/MerylStreep plays Shaw's mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. It also adds a twist.
8th Aug '17 8:06:29 PM Mdumas43073
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The 2004 remake, directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, updates the setting to [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Operation Desert Storm]], makes the bad guys an evil corporation instead of communists, and stars DenzelWashington as Ben Marco and Liev Schrieber as Raymond Shaw. Creator/MerylStreep plays Shaw's mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. It also adds a twist.

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The 2004 remake, directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, updates the setting to [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Operation Desert Storm]], makes the bad guys an evil corporation instead of communists, and stars DenzelWashington Creator/DenzelWashington as Ben Marco and Liev Schrieber Creator/LievSchrieber as Raymond Shaw. Creator/MerylStreep plays Shaw's mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. It also adds a twist.
8th Aug '17 7:57:32 PM Mdumas43073
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Raymond's Mother Mrs Iselin always calls anyone that 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 mother Mrs. Iselin always calls anyone that who disagrees with her political views, or even her overall views in general, a communist.Communist. [[spoiler: Which makes her role as Raymond's controller more ironic.]]
8th Aug '17 7:55:50 PM Mdumas43073
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* 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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* 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]]
6th Jul '17 2:03:15 PM CassandraLeo
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** Shaw's mother was based on Roy Cohn, [=McCarthy's=] lawyer at the time (and later a mentor of sorts to one UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump).
19th Jun '17 10:40:18 AM Mdumas43073
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The 2004 remake updates the setting to [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Operation Desert Storm]], makes the bad guys an evil corporation instead of communists, and stars DenzelWashington as Ben Marco and Liev Schrieber as Raymond Shaw. Creator/MerylStreep plays Shaw's mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. It also adds a twist.

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The 2004 remake remake, directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, updates the setting to [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar Operation Desert Storm]], makes the bad guys an evil corporation instead of communists, and stars DenzelWashington as Ben Marco and Liev Schrieber as Raymond Shaw. Creator/MerylStreep plays Shaw's mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw. It also adds a twist.
15th Apr '17 5:55:19 PM TedlyAnderson
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* AffablyEvil: Yen Lo, a Chinese scientist. A consummate gentleman and scholar, it seems in any other genre he'd play the role of a wise old mentor. In this story, he creates sleeper assassins.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Bennett Marco is of partially Spanish extraction and is described as looking like an Aztec crossed with an Eskimo with "copper colored" skin and straight black hair with an "aboriginal look". He's played by Frank Sinatra in the 1962 film and Denzel Washington in the 2004 film.

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* AffablyEvil: Yen Lo, a Chinese scientist. A consummate gentleman and scholar, it seems in any other genre film he'd play the role of a wise old mentor. In this story, he creates sleeper assassins.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Bennett Marco is of partially Spanish extraction and is described as looking like an Aztec crossed with an Eskimo with "copper colored" skin and straight black hair with an "aboriginal look". look." He's played by Frank Sinatra in the 1962 film and Denzel Washington in the 2004 film.



-->'''Dr. Yen Lo''': "His brain has not only been washed, as they say... It has been dry cleaned."

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-->'''Dr. Yen Lo''': "His Lo:''' His brain has not only been washed, as they say... It has been dry cleaned."



* FireForgedFriends: Neither Marco nor Shaw liked one 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 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 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 kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I have ever known in my life." However eventually Eventually they do become good friends as as, aside from Jocie, Marco is the only person that he's that's ever expressed seen a side opposite of him besides his usual {{Jerkass}} persona. However However, judging by the brainwashing scene, it was implied that from the start, Raymond did respect Marco and said he hated him the least.



* GilliganCut: In the 1962 movie, Senator Iselin asks his wife if they can finally decide on exactly how many communists are in the Department of Defense, since he keeps changing the number every time he repeats the claim. As he says this, he pours some Heinz 57 sauce on his steak. Cut to the floor of the Senate the next day, where Iselin claims that there are exactly ''57'' card-carrying communists in the Department of Defense ...



* HenpeckedHusband / ParentingTheHusband: The Manchurian Candidate in the novel is Mrs. Iselin's husband, John. She fusses over him day and night...after all, world domination is at stake!

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* HenpeckedHusband / ParentingTheHusband: The Manchurian Candidate in the novel is Mrs. Iselin's husband, John. She fusses over him day and night...night ... after all, world domination is at stake!



** Somewhat averted in the remake. WordOfGod says they intended to portray the brainwashed state as a state of ''heightened awareness'' rather than a zombielike trance. How easily this comes across is debateable, though.

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** Somewhat averted in the remake. WordOfGod says they intended to portray the brainwashed state as a state of ''heightened awareness'' rather than a zombielike trance. How easily this comes across is debateable, debatable, though.



** 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. Jordan's assassination]] newsreaders only ever refer to "his party".party."



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Raymond wakes up in the hospital after a hit-and-run accident [[spoiler:not really]] he finds his mother at his bedside, clearly having been crying. He's startled by how disheveled she looks, and while he accuses her of putting on an act it's implied that this is her mask genuinely slipping as a result of [[spoiler:realizing that's she's to be the operator for her own son as an assassin.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Raymond wakes up in the hospital after a hit-and-run accident [[spoiler:not really]] [[spoiler:(not really)]] he finds his mother at his bedside, clearly having been crying. He's startled by how disheveled she looks, and while he accuses her of putting on an act it's implied that this is her mask genuinely slipping as a result of [[spoiler:realizing that's she's to be the operator for her own son as an assassin.]]
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