Decades before U.S. intelligence got hip to the notion of "sleeper agents" in our midst, The Manchurian Candidate successfully tried out the idea in this post-Korean War setting. The result is a chilling story about brainwashing, secret political agendas, power-hungry moms, and psychically ravaged veterans – a piece that remains so edgy that it was theatrically re-released in 1987. Angela Lansbury's frighteningly in-check performance is alone worth the trip.
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