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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  8 August 1997 (USA)
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

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?


The character names "Dr. Jonas" (Patrick Stewart), and "Agent Lowry" (Cylk Cozart), were both named after British character actor Morton Lowry, who portrayed the school teacher Mr. Jonas in How Green Was My Valley (1941). See more »


Jerry and Alice leave the Queensboro Bridge towards Connecticut in broad daylight; a few minutes later when they cross under an interstate highway intersection in the Bronx it is pitch black dark. The two points are only about 20 min apart. 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 »


References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Written by Bob Crewe (uncredited) and Bob Gaudio (uncredited)
Produced and Performed by Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill appears courtesy of Ruffhouse/Columbia
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31 July 2003 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This movie could be classified into different genres - suspense, romance & thriller. Not many films can say that, or if they can, many do not succeed. Conspiracy Theory, however, did.

The first time I saw this, I was on the edge of my seat. It was very suspensful. I won't go into details if you haven't seen it, but it's really one of the best suspense films I've seen.

This wasn't a completely romantic film, no. In fact, I wish it would've touched on the romance more than it did. Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts had great chemistry. Although nothing really happened between them, the audience could clearly see Jerry's (Mel Gibson)love for Alice (Julia Roberts.)

Now, the plot. Jerry Fletcher has many wild conspiracy theories - including one that NASA is trying to kill the President with earthquakes. He's a cabbie & tells lots of people his ideas. But the one person he seems to tell the most to and thinks can help him is Alice Sutton, an attorney. He saved her months before the movie takes place when she was mugged. He seems to get on her nerves, but she puts up with him. He goes to her office all the time. He's obviously in love with her, but she doesn't feel the same way. Well, somehow "they" (CIA, FBI, you know "they") find out about Jerry's crazy conspiracies & they go after him. He and Alice are in danger.

The acting in this movie was terrific. This may be Mel's best. His portrayal of a crazy cabbie was so good and believable. It's not really like any other role he has played. He did it so well & the audience sympathized with him completely. Julia was good too. Her role wasn't really difficult to play, but she made it believably nevertheless. Patrick Stewart also stars in this. He made a great bad guy.

Overall, this movie was great. It was very suspensful & the acting was outstanding.

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