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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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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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Did You Know?


When Jerry and Alice are at Jerry's apartment, he makes a mention of an Oliver Stone and President Bush connection, calling him "their spokesman". 11 years later, Stone directs 'W. (2008/I)', a biographic film on the life of former president George W. Bush, son of also-former president George Bush. See more »


The oatmeal on Jerry's face changes between shots. 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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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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One of my favorite mystery/thrillers
30 July 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

A great movie to watch.......is that sentence a conspiracy against you to see this movie? Did the government tell me to write this? That's what it's like through the eyes of Jerry Fletcher. A taxi driver who sees conspiracies in EVERYTHING, even in money. The opening scene with the people in the cab is great, all the "conspiracies" he warns them about...It's great. From Richard Donner(Lethal Weapon 1,2,3 and 4), come Conspiracy Theory, a movie that teaches you to trust no one. This movie deserves about 7.1 stars I'd say, not 6.4, like IMDB has. the voters must not have really paid attention to this movie because it's great.

The plot is conspiracy freak Jerry Fletcher(Mel Gibson), for some reason can not seem to stop watching over Alice Sutton(Julia Roberts), and he is always telling her about his new conspiracy theories, and she never has the heart to tell him to just go away. So one day Jerry ends up being kidnapped, and put in a torture room, where he is being asked questions by Patrick Stewart(X-Men)(I won't tell you what his name is in the movie because it might ruin a little bit). After he escapes and tells Alice, who thinks he's crazy, they both end up finding themselves in a grand conspiracy, that leads to one of the best climaxs I've ever seen. Mel Gibson is perfect as the paranoid Jerry Fletcher, who has locks even on coffee cans in his fridge(which also has a lock). Julia Roberts does a pretty good job as Alice Sutton as well. Patrick Stewart was good as.....I'm not going to tell you but he was good. And The movie had an excellent script, and the characters interacted wonderfully together. It's a great film, and I'm glad it wasn't filled with loads of F-words like other R rated movies. It's actually a good film for kids I'd say 12 and older, it's really not all that violent. I thouroughly enjoyed this movie and I definately recommend it to you. 4 out of 5 stars

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