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Ten Ways To Beat The Homeland Blues
Books, films and music to fill the Carrie and Brody gap

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Homeland is over – for the time being at least – which leaves our Sunday evenings emptier than Jack Bauer’s sidearm. So how to fill this gaping void? Well, you could go around practising dead-drops, running surveillance on your friends or waterboarding your pet hamster, but none of those things are recommended, or indeed, legal. Instead, get your teeth into a few of these Homeland go-furthers to fill the gap until season 2 arrives. Barack, this one’s for you...

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Ten Ways To Beat The Homeland Blues | The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

John Frankenheimer’s seminal potboiler is a clear influence on Homeland. Adapted from Richard Condon’s novel, the storyline’s Carrie Mathison is Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), a Korean War vet who suspects that something sinister lurks behind his new-found admiration for fellow ex-POW, the Brody-like Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey). There’s political shenigans, brutal violence, rogue snipers, a scary Angela Lansbury, and even a paranoid Cold War setting analogous with Homeland’s post-9/11 world. Track it down, but make sure it’s the original and not the 2004 re-adaptation.
 

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I know it's Redford but he looks a bit like Pitt here More

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You know, I actually watched Three Days of the Condor recently.. starts well enough but it feels like it's on for 72 hours. One of the most boring films I've ever seen More

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What's wrong with 2004 Manchurian Candidate? More

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6 You forgot The Good Shepherd
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