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Capricorn One -- 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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Peter Hyams (written by)
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Release Date:
2 June 1978 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most important event in our nation's history...what if it never really happened? See more »
Plot:
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... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Capricorn One: a real Gem-ini of a movie. I'm Apollo-ed that it's not rated higher. See more (155 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elliott Gould ... Robert Caulfield

James Brolin ... Charles Brubaker

Brenda Vaccaro ... Kay Brubaker

Sam Waterston ... Peter Willis

O.J. Simpson ... John Walker

Hal Holbrook ... Dr. James Kelloway

Karen Black ... Judy Drinkwater

Telly Savalas ... Albain

David Huddleston ... Hollis Peaker

David Doyle ... Walter Loughlin

Lee Bryant ... Sharon Willis

Denise Nicholas ... Betty Walker

Robert Walden ... Elliot Whitter

James Sikking ... Control Room Man (as Jim Sikking)

Alan Fudge ... Capsule Communicator

James Karen ... Vice President Price
Virginia Kaiser ... Mrs. Price

Nancy Malone ... Mrs. Peaker
Hank Stohl ... General Enders

Norman Bartold ... President
Darrell Zwerling ... Dr. Bergen
Milton Selzer ... Dr. Burroughs
Lou Frizzell ... Horace Gruning
Chris Hyams ... Charles Brubaker, Jr.
Seanna Marre ... Sandy Brubaker

Paul Picerni ... Jerry

Barbara Bosson ... Alva Leacock
Paul Haney ... Paul Cunningham

Jon Cedar ... F.B.I. Man Number 1
Steve Tannen ... Man at Hangar Number 1
Trent Dolan ... Man at Hangar Number 2
Todd Hoffman ... N.A.S.A. Usher
Marty Anka ... Bartender
Kenneth White ... Tracking Technician (as Ken White)
John Hiscock ... Reporter Number 1
Bridget Byrne ... Reporter Number 2
Colin Dangaard ... Reporter Number 3
James Bacon ... Reporter Number 4
Sandy Davidson ... N.A.S.A. Reporter
Ron Cummins ... F.B.I. Man Number 2
Dennis O'Flaherty ... F.B.I. Man Number 3
Zack Taylor ... F.B.I. Man Number 4

Frank Farmer ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monty Jordan ... Army Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Hyams 
 
Writing credits
Peter Hyams (written by)

Produced by
Paul Lazarus III .... producer (as Paul N. Lazarus III)
Michael Rachmil .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Mitchell 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
 
Art Direction by
David M. Haber 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Makeup Department
Emma M. diVittorio .... hair stylist (as Emma Di Vittorio)
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist (as Mike Westmore)
 
Production Management
Michael Rachmil .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Frost Sanders .... second assistant director (as Jack Sanders)
Irby Smith .... first assistant director
Peter L. Bergquist .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joe Longo .... lead man
Ken Orme .... second prop man (as Kenny Orme)
Julian Sacks .... assistant art director
George Stokes .... construction coordinator
Marty Wunderlich .... property master
Vern Hendrickson .... swing gang (uncredited)
Nikita Knatz .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Frank White .... labor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer (as Lester Fresholtz)
Jerry Jost .... sound mixer
Joseph Kite .... boom man (as Joe Kite)
William Manooch .... sound recordist (as Bill Manooch)
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Mattox .... special effects
Henry Millar Jr. .... key special effects
Henry Millar .... special effects (as Henry Millar Sr.)
Robert Spurlock .... special effects (as Bob Spurlock)
John Minasian .... miniature helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ernie Huber .... miniature coordinator
 
Stunts
Bill Hickman .... stunt coordinator
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Brenda Vaccaro (uncredited)
J. David Jones .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Tallman .... stunts: aerial (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David L. Butler .... aerial camera operator (as David Butler)
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
Earl L. Clark .... first assistant camera operator (as Earl Clark)
James R. Connell .... camera operator
George Hill .... key grip
J. David Jones .... pilot: camera helicopter (as David Jones)
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Rene Menoni .... second assistant camera operator
David B. Nowell .... assistant aerial camera operator (as David Nowell)
A.D. Presley .... electrical best boy
George Staubs .... best boy grip
John Burton Jr. .... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Bob Richardson .... animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jered Green .... costumer number 1 (as Jered Edd Green)
 
Editorial Department
Nancy Sales .... assistant film editor
Charles Tetoni .... associate film editor
 
Location Management
Ron Underwood .... location manager (as Ronald B. Underwood)
 
Music Department
Aaron Rochin .... music recordist (as Aron Rochin)
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ed Arter .... transportation co-captain
James D. Brubaker .... transportation coordinator
Russell McEntyre .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Lew Grade .... presenter: for Associated General Films (as Sir Lew Grade)
J. David Jones .... aerial coordinator (as David Jones)
Karen Jones .... bookkeeper
Clay Lacy .... pilot: Lear Jet
George Nolan .... helicopter pilot
Brent Sellstrom .... video coordinator
Al Shenfeld .... production auditor
Frank Tallman .... aerial coordinator
Frank Tallman .... pilot: Stearman
Karl A. Wickman .... helicopter pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Tracy Berns .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Tracy Berns .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Dixie J. Capp .... production secretary (uncredited)
Charles Conley .... craft service (uncredited)
Carol Shapiro Janson .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Dan Perri .... title designer (uncredited)
David Schmoeller .... intern: American Film Institute (uncredited)
Art Scholl .... pilot (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Dr. Seuss .... Miss Vaccaro's reading of "Fox in Socks" presented by special arrangement with
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
123 min | Japan:130 min (original release)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2000) (2005) | USA:PG (certificate no. 25000) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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.

EDIT: The shot is continuous and the bandanna is obviously torn from an inner layer. When Brubaker stands up (still the same shot) his overall legs outer layer is intact.See more »
Quotes:
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...See more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Capricorn One: a real Gem-ini of a movie. I'm Apollo-ed that it's not rated higher., 17 August 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

"Capricorn One" is one of the last great 70s thrillers, alongside "The China Syndrome", "The Andromeda Strain", "Coma", heck maybe even "The Exorcist". Perhaps taking their cues from Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey, Clockwork Orange, etc), all of these classics are presented with an artistic, slightly off-kilter, brightly creepy vibe that encapsulated the end of 60s flower-power optimism and the beginning of 70s cold cynicism.

Stylistic examples include wide angle shots and slow, mechanical camera movements that give the viewer a disturbing feeling of voyeurism or disconnection from humanity (à la "Open the pod bay doors, Hal." "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid can't do that."). This quiet yet bone-chilling style is the opposite of MTV-type filmmaking which made heavy use of flashy, closeup, disorienting camera shots cut together so quickly that you feel like someone slipped some magic pixie dust in your Kool-Aid. No, the 70s classics, in particular "Capricorn One" and other films by Peter Hyams, instead give you long, deliberate shots from a distance, allowing you to absorb every bizarre detail that was meticulously laid out for you.

If you get bored easily, then this isn't for you. But if you're looking for a film that slowly reels you in without any gimmicks, carefully building momentum for the 1st hour leading to an explosive, roller-coaster finale, then look no further. It's best if you know nothing about the story, so I won't say anything about the plot except that it centers around a mission to Mars. But this is not a sci-fi flick, it's closer to a political thriller.

"Capricorn One" won't necessarily scare the pants off you like some of the other films, but the story will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen. The director never telegraphs the ending, so you're never quite sure if things will turn out good or if it'll be a miserable tragedy. You have to ride it out to the very last scene.

Two things won me over immediately. First is the careful, artistic approach to cinematography which is evident in the opening scene: a slow rusty sunrise behind the colossal silhouette of the Capricorn spacecraft. Many other shots are as powerful, whether they're outdoors or indoors. Hyams frequently does a neat little trick where he establishes a shot and leaves the camera where it is but slowly, over the course of 2 minutes or more, moves the camera in or out of the action, creating a thick suspense.

The 2nd thing that won me over was something many thrillers overlook: HUMOR. There are some priceless scenes that had me rolling, and it's all due to the great script and lines delivered by great actors. Telly Savalas makes an appearance as a grumpy old airplane pilot, and his rapid fire volley of dialogue with Elliot Gould is like something straight out of a Cary Grant-Catherine Hepburn comedy. Another hilarious rapid-fire comedic scene is Elliot Gould arguing with his boss, played by David Doyle ("Bosley" on the original Charlie's Angels). Big laughs without disrupting the tension of the story. It takes a bold filmmaker to put such comedy in a serious film, and Hyams & his acting troupe succeeded brilliantly.

A final note that's worth mentioning: there's a scene where a snake meets with an unfortunate fate. While the snake is real (hats off to James Brolin for having the guts do the scene), the snake's stunt double was a dead carcass they had found. No snakes were harmed. So animal lovers as well as 70s thriller lovers, have no fear. Once you start watching "Capricorn One", nothing will make you Sat-turn the channel! (wow that was lame)

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