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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 ...
Wilson (as Stephen Kahan)
Rod McLachlan ...
Justice Guard
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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 USA:

$19,313,566, 10 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Donner tried to get the MPAA to change the film's rating from R to PG-13. Although the film has a few violent moments, the R-rating seemed fairly tame in comparison to many R-rated movies of the time featuring no sex or nudity or strong language. The "f word" is never said once during the film. However, the appeal failed because of some violent tension between Mel Gibson and Sir Patrick Stewart's characters, and it was ultimately released with an R-rating, much to the disappointment of Donner. See also Air Force One (1997). 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 Jeopardy!: Episode #22.2 (2005) See more »


Just Maintain
Written by Xzibit (as Alvin Joiner), Gloriree Rodriguez and Eric Brooks
Performed by Xzibit
Courtesy of Loud Records
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What an underrated movie!
20 October 1999 | by 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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