“Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”
Hollywood sure lost something when the Cold War ended. It provided such fertile ground for stories of paranoia, intrigue and espionage. Sure, they can still tell these stories with period pieces taking varied nostalgic of hindsight aided views of the period. But I have to assume that these stories hit harder and played better when the audience was (or at least, thought they were) under the threat of the Red Menace in real life. Watching a movie like The Manchurian Candidate is good in 2015, but I have to imagine it was amazingly effective in 1962.
It’s the height of the Cold War, and America’s bravest are fighting in Korea. When soldier Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) saves all but two of his platoon from a deadly conflict, he returns home to a hero’s welcome and Congressional Medal of Honor at the recommendation of his commanding officer, Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra). (more…)