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Trivia: The Manchurian Candidate
  • Fake American: Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey, who are both British.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
  • Plagiarism: It turns out Condon plagiarized several passages from Robert Graves' I, Claudius. This went unnoticed until a few years after Condon's death when a California software engineer started noticing the similarities, and even then it wasn't until a few years later still when the findings were widely published.
  • Playing Against Type: It wasn't playing against type at the time, as Lansbury had played her fair share of schemers and antagonists. But for a modern day viewer who might know her from Murder, She Wrote or Beauty and the Beast, watching her play Mrs. Iselin could be jarring.
  • Real-Life Relative: The 2004 film co-stars Pablo Schreiber, half-brother of star Liev Schreiber.
  • Throw It In:
    • The scene where Marco tries to break Raymond's brainwashing using a deck of cards comprised totally of Queens of Diamonds is out of focus. Frank Sinatra didn't quite match the intensity of his first performance in subsequent takes, so they used the blurry one. It kind of works to represent Raymond's disorientation.
    • The fight scene where Ben punches his hand through a table is actually Frank Sinatra accidentally punching his hand through a freakin' table and breaking a finger. The injury didn't heal properly and bothered him for the rest of his life.


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