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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jerry Fletcher
... Alice Sutton
... Dr. Jonas
Cylk Cozart ... Agent Lowry
... Wilson (as Stephen Kahan)
... Flip
... Cynic
Rod McLachlan ... Justice Guard
... Justice Guard
... Justice Guard
Rich Hebert ... Public Works Man
... Clarke
G.A. Aguilar ... Piper
Cece Neber Labao ... Finch's Secretary
... 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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Jerry Fletcher sees conspiracies everywhere. One has turned out to be true. Now his enemies want him dead. And she's the only one he can trust. See more »


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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8 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El complot  »

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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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Trivia

As an introductory prank on his leading lady, Mel Gibson famously dispatched a gift-wrapped, freeze-dried rat to Julia Roberts prior to commencement of this shoot. See more »

Goofs

The lock on the coffee canister in the fridge has three dials on it but When Jerry offers Alice a coffee, he "recalls" that the combination is "4-23-12" which would be used on a combination lock like the one on the fridge. 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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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 »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.2 (2005) See more »

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Written by Xzibit (as Alvin Joiner), Gloriree Rodriguez and Eric Brooks
Performed by Xzibit
Courtesy of Loud Records
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Interesting, but uneven!
11 September 2015 | by See 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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