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  »

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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The film was made and released about nine years after man first landed on the moon in 1969. See more »


When Robert Caulfield (Elliott Gould) is driving the out of control car and crashes it through a bus bench, there are pre-cut lines are visible in the bench before he crashed through it making it splinter more easily. See more »


Albain: [repeated line to Caulfield] Keep your *god damn* head down!
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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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