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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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What if your most paranoid nightmares had just come true? 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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Did You Know?


When Jerry is in the hospital for the first time (where he writes the word Geronimo on the wall), the room number on the hospital door is briefly visible: 322. This number is well-known in conspiracy circles as being the address of the Skull & Bones society at Yale University, which is said to have the skull of Geronimo in its possession. See more »


When Jerry escapes from the hospital, he waits inside Alice's car. He tells her to leave right away and when she does there is a reflection of a few crew members, especially the boom operator. 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 »


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Written by Captain Stubby and The Buccaneers
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Monk Or Oliver Stone?
5 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now that the TV series "Monk" has become so popular, maybe a few more people will check this film out. Mel Gibson's character isn't exactly like Monk - more like a super hyperactive and politically paranoid "Monk." He fits right in with Oliver Stone and the rest of the "conspiracy" freaks. Stone, in fact, would like this film since it gives credence to these paranoid fantasies and gives several cheap shots to conservatives along the way.

Political propaganda-aside, this is a fun movie to watch and the most fun might be Gibson's house, which is too incredible to describe here. Mel is fascinating to watch and really makes this movie what it is with his outrageous character "Jerry Fletcher." Julia Roberts gives a solid performance while looking about as good as she ever looked. Patrick Stewart is very effective as the bad guy. He reminded me of Laurence Olivier's Nazi villain in "Marathon Man."

An involving story that holds your attention for the full 2-plus hours and looks nice on DVD.

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