The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American neo-noir psychological political


Major Bennett "Ben" Marco (Denzel Washington) is a war veteran who commanded a famous U.S. Army raid during the 1991 Gulf War. For his role in that mission, Sergeant First Class Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) was awarded the Medal of Honor for single-handedly defeating the enemy and rescuing all but two of his men. Raymond has gone on to become a famous U.S. Congressman. Thanks to the influence of his mother, United States Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw of Virginia (Meryl Streep), Raymond is nominated as a candidate for vice president over the favorite, U.S. Senator Tom Jordan (Jon Voight). Raymond is withdrawn, but he opens up to his mother and to his childhood sweetheart, Jocelyn (Vera Farmiga); Jocelyn is the daughter of Sen. Jordan.