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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.

Director:

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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jet | car | biplane | rattlesnake | funeral | See All (64) »

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The mission was a sham. The murders were real. 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)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the first scene featuring Elliott Gould and Karen Black, a child in the crowd rides by on a bicycle wearing a "number 32" t-shirt. This was O.J. Simpson's NFL Jersey number. See more »

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The launch is supposed to be in Florida but the astronauts board a jet and fly away, arriving at an abandoned military base in West Texas. It would have taken them hours to get there from Florida. In the movie, they arrive before the spacecraft has even left Earth orbit. See more »

Quotes

Kay Brubaker: You haven't found what you're looking for. You're embarrassed about bothering me again. However, there are one or two questions more you'd like to ask me. It's something personal and you won't bother me any more.
Robert Caulfield: I haven't found what I'm looking for. I feel embarrassed about bothering you again. However, there are one or two more questions I'd like to ask you. It's something personal and I won't bother you any more.
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Referenced in Friends: The One Where Ross Can't Flirt (1999) See more »

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One of my all time favourites
23 May 2014 | by airun_71See all my reviews

I absolutely love this film. I could watch it over and over again and never get tired of it, even after so many years. Is not just the non plus ultra of photography-cinematography, but also one of the best film ever made to my humble opinion, in terms of story, characters depth, dialogues, production design, wonderful music. Every scene is perfectly balanced. It's entertaining and thought provoking. The interaction between the characters is fantastic. All the actors have done a great performance. I strongly recommend this film to anyone who haven't seen it yet. My vote is not 10, just because I wish it was even longer to do justice to the storyline.


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