The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Talk about murder, she wrote.

Years later, Angela Lansbury would play that nice old lady solving small-town crimes, but back in ’62, she was a nasty piece of work.

Mother to stressed-out (and likely mentally-compromised) soldier Laurence Harvey, she pokes and prods, and sends her son on a one-way trip to Hell in the ultimate political assassination thriller.

Fellow soldier Frank Sinatra, who keeps waking up in a cold sweat with memories which shouldn’t exist, seems to be the only one who might stop Harvey from pulling the trigger and changing American history.

Tough-nosed and cold-hearted to the very end.

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