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Capricorn One (1977)

A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret...

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Charles Brubaker
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Peter Willis
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John Walker
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Hollis Peaker
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Sharon Willis
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Betty Walker
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Elliot Whitter
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Charles Brubaker is the astronaut leading NASA's first manned mission to Mars. Seconds before the launch, the entire team is pulled from the capsule and the rocket leaves earth unmanned much to Brubaker's anger. The head of the programme explains that the life support system was faulty and that NASA can't afford the publicity of a scratched mission. The plan is to fake the Mars landing and keep the astronauts at a remote base until the mission is over, but then investigative journalist Robert Caulfield starts to suspect something. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The mission was a sham. The murders were real. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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2 June 1978 (USA)  »

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Capricórnio Um  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The most successful independently produced picture at the box-office for the year of 1977. See more »

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As Willis climbs a rocky face just before he is caught by the helicopter crews he chooses to climb it at its highest and trickiest spot. As a well trained astronaut ready for a mission to the rocky planet Mars he would be able to choose an easier way up the hill. Such routes are clearly visible as the camera zooms out. Astronauts are also tested and trained to make good calls even when exhausted and otherwise mentally strained so his thirst and the temperature should not be a major issue. He would have been able to see asses an easier route approaching the hill. He also totally misses the helicopters despite them being really noisy. See more »

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Kay Brubaker: You haven't found what you're looking for. You're embarrassed about bothering me again. However, there are one or two questions more you'd like to ask me. It's something personal and you won't bother me any more.
Robert Caulfield: I haven't found what I'm looking for. I feel embarrassed about bothering you again. However, there are one or two more questions I'd like to ask you. It's something personal and I won't bother you any more.
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Referenced in Castle: Fool Me Once... (2009) See more »

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First-rate, thought provoking and exciting thriller
9 May 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I just wish some of those technically minded, nit-picking nerds who submit boring, long winded indictments of really good films would just lighten up and take films for what they're meant to be.....entertainment. I revisited Capricorn One this evening and the 2 hours just flew by. Every film ever made (no matter how great) is flawed. They're not meant to be picked apart, anyone can pick holes in a film. Capricorn One is a very exciting, thought provoking thriller which still stands up today.

Writer/director Peter Hyams deserves great credit in attempting in just 2 hours screen time to construct a film designed to entertain and at the same time get you thinking. To do full justice to the story line would require another 2 hours, but many people are reluctant to sit through a 4 hour film. Of course it has it's faults but it has very much to commend it such as the exciting action sequences, intelligent and at times very humorous script and convincing performances. One doesn't have to accept the film's premise (hoax Mars/Moon whatever landings) to enjoy this fine film. Judge for yourself. My verdict....9 out of 10.


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