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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What you know could kill you. See more »

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film makes references to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. In the film, Jerry evades capture by running from a Barnes and Noble bookstore and seeks sanctuary in a theater. This is a reference to Oswald, who ran from a book depository and hid in a theater after the assassination. See more »


Jerry takes off his hat on the bus when talking to Ms. Sutton. The hat briefly reappears when he says "military industrial complex." 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 »


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What an underrated movie!
20 October 1999 | by (Vlaardingen, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Mel Gibson gives a great performance here, as well as Julia Roberts! The story is really good, and the movie has some great plot twists. The only thing I disliked was the fact that Patrick Stewart didn't have a bigger role...

The movie also has quite some funny moments and lots of action. This definately is one of Richard Donner's best films to date, due especially to the outstanding performance of Mel Gibson! If you haven't seen it yet and if you're looking for an intelligent, well-acted movie, this is the one!

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