History Literature / TheManchurianCandidate

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.]]
12th Mar '17 8:43:39 PM WillBGood
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** RealitySubtext: In an introduction to a later edition of the novel, [[WordOfGod Richard Condon]] said he remembered reading an editorial which read something to the effect of, "If Joe [=McCarthy=] were a paid Soviet agent, he could not do more to harm this country than he's doing now," and started to wonder, "What if he really *was*?"

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** RealitySubtext: In an introduction to a later edition of the novel, [[WordOfGod Richard Condon]] said he remembered reading an editorial which read something to the effect of, "If Joe [=McCarthy=] were a paid Soviet agent, he could not do more to harm this country than he's doing now," and started to wonder, "What if he really *was*?"*was*?" %% This could become HilariousInHindsight depending on what we find out about our 45th President.
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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!!This novel and its adaptations contain examples of:

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novel and its adaptations contain examples of:



* BrainwashedAndCrazy

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy BrainwashedAndCrazy:



* 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.
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