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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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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Wilson (as Stephen Kahan)
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Cynic
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Public Works Man
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Clarke
G.A. Aguilar ...
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Cece Neber Labao ...
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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:

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

Gross:

$76,081,498 (USA) (21 November 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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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

Jerry and Alice get off the 72nd St. bus and enter what Jerry calls the 7th St. subway station, where Harriman drowned. However, he boards an N train in the Times Square station, with an exit to 41st St. sign visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

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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 »

Connections

References Chinatown (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by Frankie Valli
Courtesy of The Four Seasons Partnership
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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