The Manchurian Candidate

Soviet and Chinese soldiers capture a U.S. Army platoon during the Korean War, and take the men to Manchuria in communist China. Three days later, Sergeant Raymond Shaw and Captain Bennett Marco return to UN lines. Upon Marco's recommendation, Shaw is awarded the Medal of Honor for saving his soldiers' lives in combat, though two men were killed in action. Shaw returns to the U.S., where his heroism is exploited by his politically motivated mother, Eleanor Iselin, whose plans are to further the career of her husband, Senator John Iselin. When asked to describe Shaw, the other soldiers in his unit respond, "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life." On the contrary, Shaw is a cold, sad, unsympathetic loner.