The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
December 4, 2004 at 7:00 and 10:00pm in 26-100 and
December 5, 2004 at 10:00pm in 26-100.
Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, along with
Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber, mesmerize a whole new
generation of audiences in Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme's The
Manchurian Candidate. As the entire nation watches the presidential
campaign hurtle towards Election Day, one soldier races to uncover the
conspiracy behind it - a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself.
U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco (Washington) can't sleep at night - and he
doesn't want to. Marco spends his days giving inspiring speeches about his
platoon's ambush in the Kuwaiti desert and the heroics of Sergeant Raymond
Shaw (Schreiber), who won the Medal of Honor for saving Marco's crew. But
at night, Marco's dreamlike memories of the desert turn sinister and
terrifying. And Marco privately wonders whether the two soldiers who died
in the firefight might have met darker fates than officially recorded - and
whether Shaw might not be the glorious hero that everyone thinks he is.
When Shaw takes the national stage as a surefire candidate for vice
president - under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor
Prentiss Shaw (Streep) - Marco is forced to act on his growing suspicions.
With military officials questioning his sanity, and the net of security
tightening around Shaw, Marco races to probe deeper into the unimaginable,
shocking truth before the White House is won. [themanchuriancandidate.com]
"It's a mesmerizing mind-teaser that finds its own way into the material, adapted from Richard Condon's 1959 novel."
-- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Read this review.