Capricorn One (1977)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Brubaker
Peter Willis
John Walker
Hollis Peaker
Sharon Willis
Betty Walker
Elliot Whitter
Control Room Man (as Jim Sikking)
Capsule Communicator


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 <>

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Release Date:

2 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capric√≥rnio Um  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,438,801 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scene where the sabotaged Mustang goes out of control and crashes into the bay was used as stock footage for an episode of The Fall Guy. See more »


According to the telemetry board, it appears that the spaceship is orbiting the earth, when in fact, it is headed to Mars. See more »


Walter Loughlin: You're not crazy, I'm crazy. I'm crazy for listening and I'm crazy for saying what I'm about to say. I'll give you twenty four hours to come up with something. Not forty eight. I saw the movie too, it was twenty four.
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A guilty pleasure
10 September 2005 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

One of those movies I'm ashamed to admit that I love. The logic comes and goes in this roller-coaster ride of a film, but the emotional highs are most memorable. One of Elliot Gould's last starring roles. I particularly enjoyed Telly Savalas, who chews the scenery unmercifully but is fun to watch as he saves the day. Also James Brolin, who goes the extra mile and does things that some actors would balk at, such as eating a rattlesnake. When I saw this in the theatre, there were a couple of scenes that had the audience cheering, which is not something one sees very often. And how they ever got NASA to allow them to film has got to be a story in itself, one which I am eager to hear.

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