6.7/10
85,006
163 user 84 critic

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Trailer
1:03 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Ransom (1996)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo
Maverick (1994)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner
Payback I (1999)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a successful heist, Porter is shot by his wife and his best friend. They leave him there to die but when he recovers, he seeks revenge and wants his share of the money.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Forever Young (1992)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El complot See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Mel Gibson hosted a seminar for gay and lesbian filmmakers on the set of this film. This was largely to counter any perception of him being anti-LGBT following some off-color remarks in the press and the controversial scene in Braveheart (1995) in which the gay young prince is unceremoniously killed. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry pauses before getting into the car on the bridge, you can see that the steering wheel has a leather-wrap cover. When they drive away, the wheel is bare. 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...
See more »

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 20 to 1: Great Aussie Movies (2006) 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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 163 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed