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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cylk Cozart ...
Steve Kahan ...
Wilson (as Stephen Kahan)
Rod McLachlan ...
Justice Guard
Justice Guard
Justice Guard
Rich Hebert ...
Public Works Man
G.A. Aguilar ...
Cece Neber Labao ...
Finch's Secretary
Alice's Secretary


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El complot  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,313,566 (USA) (8 August 1997)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character names "Dr. Jonas" (Patrick Stewart), and "Agent Lowry" (Cylk Cozart), were both named after British character actor Morton Lowry, who portrayed the school teacher Mr. Jonas in How Green Was My Valley (1941). See more »


When Jerry pulls up to chase the Spooks. He almost slams into a blue sedan. He pushes in front of it and in the next shot he is behind it. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Referenced in Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) See more »


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Romance, Suspense, Conspiracies, Good Acting, Superb Directed!
6 January 1999 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, there was some emotional moments. Gibson's acting is the best on the world. He plays a cab driver (Jerry Fletcher) in love with Julia Roberts(Alice Sutton), he has theories about conspiracies. He puts his theories on a newsletter called "Conspiracy Theory", they're never right, so no one gives a damn about it. But now, one of his theories is right, but he doesn't know which one and the only person he trusts is the person he loves.

In terms of romance, Consp. Theory was better then Titanic. How? Let's see: In Titanic, DiCaprio meets Winslet, three days later, she strips for him and they have sex in the back seat of the car. Is that love? Or teenage sex? In Conspiracy Theory, he met Alice for six months, he's in love with her, but he's shy, he doesn't just meet her and sleep with her. And what's more romantic? The guy dies and she stays alive and stays sad for the rest of her life (Titanic)? Or they both live and live happy ever after (Conspiracy Theory)? I'll give a 9 out of 10.

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