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Frank Sinatra, The Manchurian Candidate

"The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) John Frankenheimer directed this revelatory, frightening political thriller that features Sinatra's most complex, subtle performance of the 1960s. Sinatra plays Bennett Marco, a Korean War vet who is having troubling nightmares about what happened to him in Korea when his unit was attacked. Unbeknown to the survivors of the unit, they had been taken by the Koreans and transported to China, where they were brainwashed. Marco begins an investigation into what really happened and must stop Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) from committing murder on a grand stage.United Artists Corp. / Handout