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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

 -  Action | Crime | Mystery  -  8 August 1997 (USA)
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A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

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G.A. Aguilar ...
Piper
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Storyline

Jerry Fletcher is a man in love with a woman he observes from afar. She works for the government. Fletcher is an outspoken critic of that government. He has conspiracy theories for everything, from aliens to political assassinations. But soon, one of his theories finds itself to be accurate. But which one? Some dangerous people want him dead and the only person he trusts is that woman he loves but does not know. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Jerry Fletcher sees conspiracies everywhere. One has turned out to be true. Now his enemies want him dead. And she's the only one he can trust. See more »


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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8 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$49,000,000 (Non-US) (7 November 1997)

Gross:

$76,081,498 (USA) (21 November 1997)
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Trivia

According to an interview with Director Richard Donner on the DVD of Payback: Straight Up-Director's Cut (2006) that he met writer Brian Helgeland when he was driving at the Warner Bros. Gate and saw Brian holding a sign that said "Will Write For Work, For Money". Richard got out of the car and asked him about the sign, Brian replied that he was screenwriter and was looking for work. Donner had decided to give Helgeland a chance which led to the two of them working on this film. Helgeland has also worked with Donner on Assassins (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Jerry is taped to the wheelchair and Jonas first confronts him, we see Jonas blocking the light, yet there is no shadow on Jerry. Even when we can see the back of the wheelchair, we should be able to see some part of Jonas' shadow over Jerry and/or the wheelchair. See more »

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Jerry Fletcher: July eighth, 1979, all the fathers of Nobel Prize winners were rounded up by United Nations military units, all right, and actually forced at gunpoint to give semen samples in little plastic jars, which are now stored below Rockefeller Center underneath the ice skating rink...
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Crazy Credits

The initial Warner Bros. logo with the clouds behind is shown - the camera then pulls back to show the logo as a billboard on the side of a bus. See more »

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Features Ladyhawke (1985) See more »

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Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Produced and Performed by Lauryn Hill
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Mel Gibson wonderful, chemistry with Julia Roberts tops
27 December 2000 | by (Mesa, AZ) – See all my reviews

The thing that stands out for me in this movie is the wonderful (and underrated) performance given by Mel Gibson. His part calls for an uneasy balance between a paranoid psychotic and romantic leading man and he treds that fine line beautifully. Despite all his craziness, he is totally likeable and his relationship with the Julia Roberts character is wonderfully complex and believable. Julia Roberts also gives an excellent performance and the chemistry between the two leads is perfect.

All in all, I loved this film and didn't understand why it was so underrated by the critics.


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