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Capricorn One (1977)

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A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.

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Peter Hyams

Writer:

Peter Hyams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Robert Caulfield
James Brolin ... Charles Brubaker
Brenda Vaccaro ... Kay Brubaker
Sam Waterston ... Peter Willis
O.J. Simpson ... John Walker
Hal Holbrook ... Dr. James Kelloway
Karen Black ... Judy Drinkwater
Telly Savalas ... Albain
David Huddleston ... Hollis Peaker
David Doyle ... Walter Loughlin
Lee Bryant ... Sharon Willis
Denise Nicholas ... Betty Walker
Robert Walden ... Elliot Whitter
James Sikking ... Control Room Man (as Jim Sikking)
Alan Fudge ... Capsule Communicator
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Storyline

Charles Brubaker is the astronaut leading NASA's first manned mission to Mars. Seconds before the launch, the entire team is pulled from the capsule and the rocket leaves earth unmanned much to Brubaker's anger. The head of the programme explains that the life support system was faulty and that NASA can't afford the publicity of a scratched mission. The plan is to fake the Mars landing and keep the astronauts at a remote base until the mission is over, but then investigative journalist Robert Caulfield starts to suspect something. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The most important event in our nation's history...what if it never really happened? See more »

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Action | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capricornio Uno See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Peter Hyams, who wrote and directed "Capricorn One," also directed "Outland," a "Bat Durston" (thinly re-worked Western set in outer space) film starring Sean Connery versus Peter Boyle; Con Amalgamate, the evil corporation in that film, is also the evil corporation in "Capricorn One" in that it supplies the unworkable life-support system whose lack of work-ability forces the mission to be falsified. See more »

Goofs

When the Learjet takes off after the astronauts escape, the Government car windshield breaks before the jet passes over the vehicle. There are nine holes in the windshield supposedly made by a landing gear; the car is also pointed down the runway from the camera view inside, but the exterior shot the car is parked on an angle. See more »

Quotes

Judy Drinkwater: I'll fix you some coffee, then you can jump me.
Robert Caulfield: There's no other one besides White Bluff?
Judy Drinkwater: No, except one abandoned base they used for training during World War Two. Jackson. There's nothing there now. Don't you want to jump me?
Robert Caulfield: Of course I do. Where's Jackson?
Judy Drinkwater: About three hundred miles directly west. I think I'm going to get angry with you.
Robert Caulfield: Do you have any money on you?
Judy Drinkwater: You want me to pay you?
Robert Caulfield: How much?
Judy Drinkwater: About a hundred. Why don't I just leave it on the dresser in the morning?
Robert Caulfield: Give it to me now.
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Spoofed in Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) See more »

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An '70's favorite.
23 March 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Even though this certainly isn't the best movie you'll ever see, it's still a movie that is a perfectly entertaining one. It makes this movie one of my favorite movies to watch from the '70's.

The movie has a really great premise, that provides the movie with plenty of thriller elements and action. It has a lot of elements in it that always make '70's movies such great ones to watch. It's a movie with a conspiracy story but luckily the movie decides to be more entertaining with it than heavy or serious really.

It's really mainly the concept and main story that makes this movie an interesting one as well as entertaining. It doesn't always make the movie the most believable one to watch out there but in this particular case that hardly matters at all. It's such a great and entertaining movie that you're basically willing to forgive everything that is less great about it. It's a movie that I have always enjoyed watching and always will.

Some of the action is really memorable. The plane and helicopters chase in this movie is pretty insane and was obviously very dangerous for all of those involved with it. No way they'll ever do a sequences like that again now days, with all those heavy regulations for stunts and of course the availability of CGI this present time. But of course as you can expect from an '70's movie, there also is plenty of action involving cars and other great action stuff.

What also really uplifts the movie and its action and entertainment value is the great musical score by Jerry Goldsmith.

It's a really well made movie, that got directed with lots of pace by Peter Hyams, who has always been at his best directing action stuff, even though most of his movies aren't exactly among the greatest, this one not included. It also had some real nice camera-work by Bill Butler.

The movie also has a pretty nice cast with Elliott Gould, Hal Holbrook, James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O.J. Simpson involved. Perhaps it's true though that the movie is lacking a clear main character and the movie isn't always clear with on which character it is going to focus with its main plot. Karen Black and Telly Savalas also make some small, almost cameo like appearances in this movie.

One of the most entertaining '70's-flicks out there.

8/10

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