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Capricorn One (1978)

 -  Action | Thriller  -  2 June 1978 (USA)
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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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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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Capricórnio Um  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 5,438,801 (Sweden)
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The recovery ship for the return from Mars was specified at the USS Oriskany (CV-34) which was decommissioned in 1975. The short shot we see of the Oriskany was footage from The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), with the Korean War era straight-winged F9F Panthers in place on the deck catapults. Main characters in both films, William Holden's character in "The Bridges at Toko-Ri" and James Brolin's character in "Capricorn One," are both named Brubaker. See more »

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They make the point that the crew are so far away that conversation is not possible due to the round-trip delay, so the President gives them a recorded message to play. However, mission control still responds with "Roger, Capricorn One" when responding to the simulated crew. See more »

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Dr. James Kelloway: Okay, here it is. I have to start by saying that if there was any other way, if there was even a slight chance of another alternative, I would give anything not to be here with you now. Anything. Bru, how long have we known each other? Sixteen years. That's how long. Sixteen years. You should have seen yourself then. You looked like you just walked out of a Wheaties box. And me, all sweaty palm and deadly serious. I told everybody about this dream I had of conquering the new frontier, and they ...
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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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