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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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A taxi driver with a penchant for conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of these theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, 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 the 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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Trivia

When Jerry explains that all the lone gunmen have a middle name, he can't figure out Sirhan Sirhan. His full name is Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry is driving up to his apartment in the beginning of the movie and pushes the car backwards to park on the corner, the car moves back way too easily. If the car being pushed back has an automatic transmission, the rear wheels (or the front in a front wheel drive car) would be locked, hence causing the car to skid. If the car had a manual transmission, the last driver of the car should have placed the transmission in first gear or applied the parking brake. Either way, the car would have skidded backwards. The chances of the car being left in neutral in either situation is unlikely at best, and if so, the odds of that particular car being in neutral are very high, considering the amount of cars in Manhattan. 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

Referenced in Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Written by Sting
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User Reviews

 
Difficult to get into ... but worth the wait in the end.
4 July 1999 | by Meredith-7See all my reviews

I found this film really hard to focus on, there was Mel Gibson playing a paranoid crazy guy, being dragged off by government/non-government 'spooks' and having some sort of weird obsession with Julia Roberts. But as the film unfolded, and the storyline, a complex one, began to unravel it all started to make some kind of sense. My favorite part has to be the self destruction of his apartment, that was quite imaginative. Before I saw this i was expecting something along the lines of Lethal Weapon, being the same star, and same director. But it was so completely different from what I thought it would be and it actually ended up being a better film as a consequence. Mel Gibson played a completely different character than what we usually see, which worked to his benefit and Julia Roberts proved with this film, that she still had star power. Definitely worth a look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiracy Theory See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,313,566, 10 August 1997

Gross USA:

$75,982,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,982,834
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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