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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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:

Capricórnio Um  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,438,801 (Sweden)

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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm prints)| (35 mm optical prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jerry Goldsmith wrote the soundtrack for Capricorn One (1977) as well as Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). If you listen to the 'Insurrection' soundtrack at about 3:30-3:45 minutes, you will hear the distinct theme of 'Capricorn One'. See more »


As the Learjet lands in the desert, one can clearly see that its landing gear is fully intact and covered by a surrounding shroud. It was supposed to look like it was landing with the gear retracted, as landing on three wheels would cause the plane to spin around violently. See more »


Congressman Hollis Peaker: You're a good kid, you'll do alright.
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Too late for the heroes
2 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie came one year too late."Star Wars" happened,for better or for worse,depending on whom you ask.This is clever sci-fi,very close to Crichton's work,before he gets bogged down in Jurassic Park and spielbergesque follies.("Mondwest" "Coma" and later "looker")Is it sci-fi anyway?Admittedly,it's unlikely as hell,but not much more than many a spy thriller.

In the movie,this whole performance was to make people believe the astronauts actually landed on Mars.This trickery,isn't it what Peter Hyams (and all other directors!) does when he makes his movie?His whole performance is to make US believe that Astronauts are to land on Mars but... They do it with mirrors,like Jorge Luis Borges.

The second part of the movie is a chase,a well done thriller,in landscapes recalling "Planet of the apes(1968)".Hyams does not show the killings,and the way James Brolin manages to show the way to his wife,then to journalist Gould is pretty smart.The ending verges on black humor.Had this movie been released five or ten years sooner,when sci-fi had strong scripts ,it would have been deservedly acclaimed.But in the land of special effects and childish stories ,it became a sleeper,every sci-fi buff should know.Neither "outland" (some kind of remake of "high noon " on Jupiter),nor "2010" (which failed dismally as a "2001" sequel)is on a par with "capricorn one".

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