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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.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writer:

Brian Helgeland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Jerry Fletcher
Julia Roberts ... Alice Sutton
Patrick Stewart ... Dr. Jonas
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Agent Lowry
Steve Kahan ... Wilson (as Stephen Kahan)
Terry Alexander ... Flip
Alex McArthur ... Cynic
Rod McLachlan ... Justice Guard
Michael Potts ... Justice Guard
Jim Sterling ... Justice Guard
Rich Hebert Rich Hebert ... Public Works Man
Brian J. Williams ... Clarke
G.A. Aguilar G.A. Aguilar ... Piper
Cece Neber Labao Cece Neber Labao ... Finch's Secretary
Saxon Trainor ... Alice's Secretary
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El complot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,313,566, 10 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,982,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,982,834
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This movie includes a reference to the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr., who had a crush on actress Jodie Foster, and, in his own delusional way, wanted to impress her by killing Reagan. Reagan survived, and Hinckley was arrested. Ironically, Foster was offered the role of Alice Sutton in this film. She turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Jerry and Alice get off the 72nd St. bus and enter what Jerry calls the 7th St. subway station, where Harriman drowned. However, he boards an N train in the Times Square station, with an exit to 41st St. sign visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by Frankie Valli
Courtesy of The Four Seasons Partnership
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Monk Or Oliver Stone?
5 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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