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Capricorn One -- In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on re-entry. Now, with the help of a crusading reporter, they must battle a sinister conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep the truth a secret.
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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Release Date:
2 June 1978 (USA) See more »
The most important event in our nation's history...what if it never really happened? See more »
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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  (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 I. Rachmil .... associate producer (as Michael Rachmil)
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 I. Rachmil .... unit production manager (as Michael Rachmil)
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)
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 .... sound 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
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
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
Dr. Seuss .... Miss Vaccaro's reading of "Fox In Socks" presented by special arrangement with
Al Shenfeld .... production auditor
Frank Tallman .... aerial coordinator
Frank Tallman .... pilot: Stearman
Ron Underwood .... location manager (as Ronald B. Underwood)
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)
Dr. Seuss .... Miss Vaccaro's reading of "Fox in Socks" presented by special arrangement with
Crew believed to be complete

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

Did You Know?

One of the stunt pilots, Frank Tallman, who flew the red stearman plane, claimed this film was the most dangerous film he'd ever flown for. He was killed in a crash soon after filming finished.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the astronauts are escaping from the desert, you can see two cars driving down the highway in the distance. Supposedly they were being kept in a abandoned air base miles from anywhere.See more »
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Thrilling Conspiracy Film., 29 August 2013
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America

What if a televised Mars landing was an elaborate hoax? And what if, because of an accident, the "astronauts" are believed killed when their capsule burns up in the atmosphere? Why, they would become expendable if the government was ruthless enough to kill them, which for the three "astronauts" of this film(James Brolin, Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson(!) is exactly what happens, though they manage to escape by plane into the desert, being pursued not only by the corrupt head of the project(played by Hal Holbrook) but also investigative newspaper reporter Elliot Gould, who risks his career and life to track them down, and get his story.

Despite the fanciful premise, this a smart, taut, and breathless film from Peter Hyams,that involves the viewer both emotionally and intellectually, leading to a most satisfying ending.

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