History Literature / TheManchurianCandidate

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.]]
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).
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