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Capricorn One (1977)

PG  |   |  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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Telly Savalas plays a pilot, but in real life he was afraid to fly. See more »

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The Learjet that the astronauts are transported in, when leaving to rendezvous with the re-entry capsule, appears to be a Lear 24, since it had 2 windows on each side of the passenger compartment. The jet that the astronauts escaped in and landed in the desert was a Lear 23, identifiable by the single window on each side of the passenger compartment. Neither plane exhibited a tail number, required by all aircraft, including government aircraft. See more »

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Cmdr. John Walker: [Delirious, crawling up a cliff] And so the husband gets home, and asks his wife how the day went. And she says the cat died and she had to break it to the son. And so he asks how she broke the news. She says she just told him it was dead. And he says you can't just blurt it out like that. Not to a kid. First you say the cat was on the roof, and then you build up to it dying. So then the husband asks how his mother's doing at the hospital. And his wife says
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The Mars Hoax
2 January 2006 | by (Hanover, Germany, The Free World) – See all my reviews

This movie is indeed a noteworthy sci-fi/conspiracy flick, even after all these years.

Unmistakeably based on the real-life "moon hoax" pseudo-conspiracy, it takes the issue one step further and explores just how far your government might go to cover up its own incapacity and silence everyone who gets in its way (Ironically enough for that matter, the moon landings are portrayed in this movie as a non-hoax and really did take place).

When three would-be Mars astronauts are secretly pulled out of their capsule just minutes before liftoff due to a malfunctioning life support system that would have meant certain death, they are quickly transferred to an abandoned air force base out in the desert. Upon arrival, they are told that they'll have to play make-believe using the facility's very own "Mars" sound stage. It's got everything in place to fool the public about an actual Mars landing. Things go somewhat well and although the astronauts really begin to resent the big swindle they were drawn into, nobody really notices. That is, until their real-life landing capsule disintegrates while re-entering the earth's atmosphere. They figure that now that they're all supposed to be dead, the government will have them killed for real....

So much for the plot, the rest is yours to find out about. Definitely worth watching. One thing though, try to watch it in widescreen - somehow they showed the 4:3 full-frame version on TV here, which was a major drawback considering the movie's original 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

8 out of 10!


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