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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 the woman he loves, but does not know. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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What if your most paranoid nightmares had just come true? 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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Donner tried to get the MPAA to change the rating from R to PG-13. Although the film has a few violent moments, the R-rating seemed fairly tame in comparison to many R-rated movies of the time featuring no sex or nudity or strong language. The "f" word is never said once. However, the appeal failed because of some violent tension between Mel Gibson and Sir Patrick Stewart's characters, and it was ultimately released with an R-rating, much to the disappointment of Donner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 Romeo + Juliet (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

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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In New York anything can happen
18 December 2006 | by fernandez_1989See all my reviews

In this movie we see Julia Roberts playing a single lawyer, and Jerry (Mel Gibson), a taxi driver, is in love with her. Jerry always looks after her, he wants to protect her if anything happens. But his life is much more interesting than you might think! He lives in an awesome apartment decorated with United States flags and has everything under control. He reads hundreds of newspapers searching for possible conspiracies, and he writes a "Conspiracy Theory Bulletin" himself alone.

The soundtrack in this movie is excellent, with a beautiful song "Can't take my eyes out of you" that you will remember after you see the movie. New York is a great place for this film, since it has plenty of interesting locations and the streets are clean and glamorous. In the ending credits take a look at the beautiful woods of Connecticut and enjoy the American natural landscape.


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