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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 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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Would you be shocked to find out that the greatest moment of our recent history may not have happened at all? See more »

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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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One of two late 1970s sci-fi conspiracy movies, the other film was Hangar 18 (1980). See more »

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During the launch sequence of Capricorn One, Mission Control is filmed with three main mission monitors. The leftmost screen purports to show the health conditions of the astronauts and the condition of the capsule -- however, the display shown is obviously a hand-written transparency and not any sort of digital readout. See more »

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Charles Brubaker, Jr.: Hey, Uncle Jim?
Dr. James Kelloway: Yeah?
Charles Brubaker, Jr.: My dad went to Mars.
Dr. James Kelloway: Yes. Yes, he did.
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Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.3 (2015) See more »

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First-rate, thought provoking and exciting thriller
9 May 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I just wish some of those technically minded, nit-picking nerds who submit boring, long winded indictments of really good films would just lighten up and take films for what they're meant to be.....entertainment. I revisited Capricorn One this evening and the 2 hours just flew by. Every film ever made (no matter how great) is flawed. They're not meant to be picked apart, anyone can pick holes in a film. Capricorn One is a very exciting, thought provoking thriller which still stands up today.

Writer/director Peter Hyams deserves great credit in attempting in just 2 hours screen time to construct a film designed to entertain and at the same time get you thinking. To do full justice to the story line would require another 2 hours, but many people are reluctant to sit through a 4 hour film. Of course it has it's faults but it has very much to commend it such as the exciting action sequences, intelligent and at times very humorous script and convincing performances. One doesn't have to accept the film's premise (hoax Mars/Moon whatever landings) to enjoy this fine film. Judge for yourself. My verdict....9 out of 10.


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