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Capricorn One (1977)

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
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Peter Willis
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John Walker
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Hollis Peaker
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Sharon Willis
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Betty Walker
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Elliot Whitter
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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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The mission was a sham. The murders were real. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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2 June 1978 (USA)  »

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Capricórnio Um  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The name of the crop-duster company was the "A&A Cropdusting Service". See more »

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As Willis climbs a rocky face just before he is caught by the helicopter crews he chooses to climb it at its highest and trickiest spot. As a well trained astronaut ready for a mission to the rocky planet Mars he would be able to choose an easier way up the hill. Such routes are clearly visible as the camera zooms out. Astronauts are also tested and trained to make good calls even when exhausted and otherwise mentally strained so his thirst and the temperature should not be a major issue. He would have been able to see asses an easier route approaching the hill. He also totally misses the helicopters despite them being really noisy. 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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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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