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Still shot from the movie: The Manchurian Candidate (1962).

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Can a person be hypnotized and commanded to do things against his moral nature? The question long debated by experts, is one being asked by Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) when he looks up his former commanding officer Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) and tries to piece together some repressed war memories. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 126
Theater Release: 24 Oct 1962
Video Release: 14 Apr 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Do you believe in hypnotism or in the possibility of it being powerful enough to override the human conscience?

The ability to control others plays a significant role in this movie. What different devices are used to get that power? Are there people or phobias in your life to which you surrender your self-will?

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