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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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Flip
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Cynic
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Justice Guard
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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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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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What you know could kill you. 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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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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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 »

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The scenes from Ladyhawke are shown out of sequence. See more »

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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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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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Features Chow Hound (1951) See more »

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Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
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Difficult to get into ... but worth the wait in the end.
4 July 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I found this film really hard to focus on, there was Mel Gibson playing a paranoid crazy guy, being dragged off by government/non-government 'spooks' and having some sort of weird obsession with Julia Roberts. But as the film unfolded, and the storyline, a complex one, began to unravel it all started to make some kind of sense. My favorite part has to be the self destruction of his apartment, that was quite imaginative. Before I saw this i was expecting something along the lines of Lethal Weapon, being the same star, and same director. But it was so completely different from what I thought it would be and it actually ended up being a better film as a consequence. Mel Gibson played a completely different character than what we usually see, which worked to his benefit and Julia Roberts proved with this film, that she still had star power. Definitely worth a look.


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