Starring Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Henry Silva
Political thriller about a group of soldiers returning to the States after a harrowing campaign in the Korea War. But Captain Marco (Sinatra) starts to doubt his own memories and understanding of what took place overseas, and all signs point to brainwashing. Soon Captain Marco finds a major Government conspiracy that involves turning soldiers into helpless killing machines, and Staff Seargeant Raymond Shaw (Harvey), son of Svengali-like Senator’s wife Eleanor Islin (Lansbury), is at the heart of it. Communist paranoia at its finest, as well as razor-sharp satire of the McCarthy era, this is such a fine film. Gripping, odd, suspenseful, layered. Masterpiece of its genre.