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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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Writer:
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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4 nominations See more »
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It's a pleasure alright, and I don't feel guilty about it at all!. See more (141 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)
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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
 
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
 
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)
 
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: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 helicopters are Hughes OH6 "Cayuse".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Learjet takes off after the astronauts escape, the Government car windshield breaks before the jet passes over the vehicle. There are nine holes in the windshield supposedly made by a landing gear; the car is also pointed down the runway from the camera view inside, but the exterior shot the car is parked on an angle.See more »
Quotes:
Judy Drinkwater:I'll fix you some coffee, then you can jump me.
Robert Caulfield:There's no other one besides White Bluff?
Judy Drinkwater:No, except one abandoned base they used for training during World War Two. Jackson. There's nothing there now. Don't you want to jump me?
Robert Caulfield:Of course I do. Where's Jackson?
Judy Drinkwater:About three hundred miles directly west. I think I'm going to get angry with you.
Robert Caulfield:Do you have any money on you?
Judy Drinkwater:You want me to pay you?
Robert Caulfield:How much?
Judy Drinkwater:About a hundred. Why don't I just leave it on the dresser in the morning?
Robert Caulfield:Give it to me now.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
It's a pleasure alright, and I don't feel guilty about it at all!., 16 October 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

A NASA space mission up to Mars fails to get off the ground due to major technical problems. Fearing funding could be taken away and wishing to avoid embarrassment, the powers that be decide to do a fake landing in a studio. With the astronauts forced to pretend that they are actually up on Mars, and fighting with their own personal belief systems, the government executives in charge fear that the fake flight could come to light. Upon learning that the outside world actually thinks they crashed upon reentering the earths atmosphere, the astronauts run for their lives knowing that the government can't afford for the men to stay alive.

Capricorn One is an excellent conspiracy picture that sadly seems to have been largely forgotten. Even today we are still hearing mooted stories of the landing on the moon actually being fake, so here director and writer Peter Hyams takes it and crafts a thrillingly taut piece of work. At the films heart is Elliot Gould's (he himself seems sadly forgotten for his great 70s work) intrepid journalist, Robert Caulfield, after being nudged in the ribs by one of his friends at NASA, he himself is under threat of death from shadowy government types who will think of nothing to offing him along with the astronauts.

The film is split into two very significant halves, the first half is the set up, the conversations before and after the fake landing are clever and crucially attention grabbing, and of course we get to know our characters with the right amount of time. The film then shifts for it's second half into a quality thriller of a chase movie, our main protagonists pursued by the government assassins courtesy of two gun toting helicopters. Jerry Goldsmith's score brilliantly becoming part of the chase sequences, making the helicopters seem like death stalking machines operated by no man alone. We even get Telly Savalas joining us for the last quarter with a highly fun and enjoyable portrayal as a crop dusting knight in red shiny armour, and the finale positively rocks and finishes the film on the high note it promised all along. James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook and Karen Black fill out the rest of the cast with much credit indeed.

Capricorn One, criminally undervalued, and perhaps even more sad, forgotten. 8/10

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