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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 <col@imdb.com>

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


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Release Date:

2 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capricórnio Um  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


When James Brolin's character cuts his left pant leg to make a bandanna, the suit somehow repairs itself later on. Note when he's in the cave with the snake, the left pant leg is totally intact. See more »


Lt. Col Peter Willis: [Delirious, crawling up a cliff] Guy travels to Europe for a vacation... it's his first time, he sees the sights, has a real good time... after a while he decides to call home... gets his brother on the phone and says 'so how are things back home?'
[pauses, panting]
Lt. Col Peter Willis: ... and the brother says 'your cat died!'... the guy says 'you shouldn't break bad news like that, you should...
[pauses, strains as he pulls himself upwards]
Lt. Col Peter Willis: ... break it to me gently... like, you should say, 'the cat crawled out on ...
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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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