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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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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 »


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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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)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry runs into a theater showing Ladyhawke (1985), also directed by Richard Donner. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry leaves Alice on the train and Alice gets a phone call on her mobile phone, she is still in the subway. Mobile phone technology of the day dictates that calls can not be completed when underground in the subway. She would not have a signal to receive or make a call. See more »

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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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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 »

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Written by Xzibit (as Alvin Joiner), Gloriree Rodriguez and Eric Brooks
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Interesting, but uneven!
11 September 2015 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Richard Donner's 'Conspiracy Theory' isn't without its share of interesting moments & has a solid cast that deliver, but overall, its an uneven! The Writing isn't always tight & never makes much use of its brilliant concept.

'Conspiracy Theory' Synopsis: 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.

'Conspiracy Theory' begins tepidly, I wasn't engaged in its initial moments at all. However, the film grows on you gradually & maintains a certain pace till the very end. I'd like to single out the dramatic scenes & also the portions involving the menace (A Solid Sir Patrick Stewart), that stand out. But, the writing isn't consistent or tight. It falters at places & even though its not boring, it never achieves anything extraordinary either.

Brian Helgeland's Screenplay is a mixed bag. Sometimes its super, sometimes not very appealing. Sharper Writing would've made 'Conspiracy Theory' a knockout! Richard Donner's Direction is excellent, as always. The legendary filmmaker has handled this political thriller with command. Cinematography & Editing are average. Action-Sequences are realistic.

Performance-Wise: Mel Gibson is convincing in his portrayal of a man obsessed with conspiracy theories. Julia Roberts is sensational. She shines all through. Sir Patrick Stewart has never been so creepy before. He nails the part of the evil villain.

On the whole, 'Conspiracy Theory' ranges from being good to strictly average. At best, A One-Time Watch!


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