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Who Will Stop the Rain [7" VINYL]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YMHW

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a classic 29 Dec 2004
By Kristin
Format:DVD
More than forty years after its original release, The Manchurian Candidate has lost none of its edge. Unlike many classics it is good not just retrospectively and for its time, but will captivate the modern, jaded cinema goer even today - the mark of a real classic. With a plot that leaves the audience guessing and confused through much of the film, The Manchurian Candidate manages to keep the viewer in suspense until the very end. Nothing is what it seems in this groundbreaking story about Raymond Shaw, a US soldier brainwashed in the Korean War. Frank Sinatra puts in a stellar performance as the man trying to get to the bottom of a series of mysterious events, and Angela Lansbury, despite being only two years older than the actor who plays Raymond, is utterly convincing as his mother.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the end,it pays not to miss! 22 Sep 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is now 45 years old, but still stands up as a massive achievement.

I won't ruin the plot, but an army platoon's disappearance behind enemy lines in the Korean War leads to an award for their Staff Sargeant, whose stepfather just happens to be a rabid right-wing senator. It isn't the correctness of the honour's bestowal that needs to concern you, either!

The film is lit up by Frank Sinatra, as the platoon's Major, who slowly realises something evil happened, but he can't guess what, let alone why for ages. Sinatra's face in this film is expessive beyond belief-starting like a guy with a pebble in his shoe,and mildly irritated, it gradually collapses as the enormity of what might have happened sinks in, especially when he's left alone to try and reverse the seemingly inevitable conclusion.

Laurence Harvey, as the Staff Sargeant, is perfect casting-he often acted with hardly-supressed boredom and a stony expression & that suits the man he has become. But glimpses of what he actually was break through now and again, and the question boils down to which part will do what in the climax of the film.

As if that wasn't enough, Angela Lansbury, as Harvey's manipulative mother, puts in a third cracking performance. How she got to be Miss Marple after this is beyond belief-very naughty girl indeed!!

So, that's more than enough reasons to buy it-go get that credit card now!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest American Film of the 60's 28 Dec 2004
Format:DVD
John Frankenheimer could do little wrong in the early 1960's and this political thriller, an adpatation of Richard Condon's novel, stands as probably his finest achievement. The film is dazzlingly photographed (in B&W), memorably performed (by Angela Lansbury in particular) and is blessed with a bitingly, satirical script containing surprise, humour, pathos and moments of shocking violence. There are some flaws: the plot is preposterous and Laurence Harvey makes no attempt at an American accent; but the film is so gripping from the outset that these are easily overlooked.
On the DVD, the film is presented in its original widescreen format with mono sound. Picture and audio quality are both adequate. The main extras are a commentary track from John Frankenheimer and short retrospective interviews with Frankenheimer, Frank Sinatra and screenwriter George Axelrod. Unfortunately, neither are particularly illuminating.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, well acted, well directed 14 Feb 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Lawrence Harvey was a brilliant actor, but one that tended to put people off with his aloofness bordering on arrogance. But this movie is not about likable people. It's about control, dirty politics, communism, and the anti-communist witch-hunts that took their toll on Hollywood and Washington. Harvey's distance works perfectly as Raymond Shaw, but even in the dis-likable Raymond, Frankenheimer pulls out moments of pathos. In a tour de force, Harvey is perfect as the man controlled by his mother, by forces the brainwashed him. He gives a bleak insight into the character of Raymond, a man driven to do things he has no idea why, and man so manipulated by his harpy mother, a 'gun' that has been loaded waiting for the trigger to be pulled, one that kills the woman he loves without hesitation.
But his brilliance does not dominate the film, because there are so many other superb performance by this All Star Cast. And oddly, John Frankenheimer in untypical Hollywood style, cast against roles and demanded such range from all the actors. Angela Landsbury (Murder, She Wrote) built a career of being the person everyone adored, yet in this film she is the woman behind the man...the true power. She is hard-edged, totally manipulative, rather ugly in spirit, and determined at all costs to change the face of US politics. Frank Sinatra, usually Mr. Macho, comes across as a man a tormented by dreams that made no sense, but keep him convinced something is terrible wrong, with him, with Harvey, with all the men of their unit. Many consider this Sinatra's best performance. Janet Leigh is warm as the woman who falls in love with Sinatra, though under used. James Gregory play Landsbury's husband, the wishy-washy Joe McCarthy-type senator, who is merely his wife's mouthpiece and puppet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing political thriller 2 May 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
John Frankenheimer directed this movie for release in 1962 (and 2 years later he directed another great thriller, "7 days in May"), and to me the former was an eye-opener that I never forgot. Maybe because political thrillers of that standard were not that common in the sixties, and another reason, beside the acting, was maybe the subject of the effects of brain-wash, that I don't recall having seen in any other movie from that period.
Frank Sinatra is, as always, very good and so is Laurence Harvey, but the most scary person is portrayed by Angela Lansbury. There is quite a gap between her part in the sugar-coated TV-series, "Murder, she wrote", to her role as the cold-blooded and unscrupulous mother to her son (LH), and Meryl Streep in same role and in the remake of the movie in 2004 didn't come close.
Great director and a great movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD was Not as shown on website . . .
This rating is not a reflection of the film! Film is itself is great - watched several times on TV.

However the DVD sent by Amazon wasn't as shown on website. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Belle du Brum
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recommendation
Very good and nice to see it in black and white.It was recommended to me by a friend and I am not disappointed.
Published 6 months ago by Francis Tailoka
5.0 out of 5 stars The Manchurian Candidate
Arrived on time and in perfect condition. Just what I wanted. A great item. I have finally found this item at a good price
Published 7 months ago by Mr. M. Abramov
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
Unfortunately someone decided to remake this story in color, and in so doing they misdirected attention away from the original which is in black and white. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mervyn O. Hagger
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out people
I have long wanted to see this film and it didn't disappoint.
very original story that looks to have been the inspiration for many films-both subject matter and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maxine Jarrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This film is a classic and I'd recommend it over the remake any day of the week. One of Frank Sinatra's best roles
Published 8 months ago by J. Symon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original.
I have wanted to see the original version of The Manachurian Candidate for some time. I'm glad I purchased this DVD. This film is a masterpiece. It is almost prophetic. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martin Horan
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting
I saw a glimpse of this movie on the tv and knew i had to watch it through in my own time, what an evocative movie, I could never understand what the attraction of frank sinatra... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mabel Presley
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenheimer's Fine Cold War Political Thriller
Director John Frankenheimer's 1963 political thriller is an impressive, mostly subtle, take on cold war (conspiracy) politics, reflecting the mood of the times in the US (Cuban... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding viewing experience
A film which in spirit is rather like "Dr. Strangelove" , with a great evocation of an atmosphere of paranoia in which no one is to be trusted. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David H. Bebbington
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