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Operation Avalanche (2016)

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In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.


Matt Johnson
2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Johnson ... Matt Johnson
Owen Williams Owen Williams ... Owen Williams
Andrew Appelle Andrew Appelle ... Andy Appelle (as Andy Appelle)
Jared Raab Jared Raab ... Jared Raab
Josh Boles Josh Boles ... Josh Boles
Ray James Ray James ... CIA director Brackett
Sharon Belle ... Sharon Belle
Krista Madison Krista Madison ... Julie Williams
Joe Thomas ... James Webb (voice) (as Joe J. Thomas)
John Henry Robson John Henry Robson ... Baby Simon
Madeleine Sims-Fewer ... Madeleine
Tom Bolton ... Agent #1
John Osmokrovic John Osmokrovic ... Agent #2
Chris Gonsalves ... Agent #3
Brad Brackenridge Brad Brackenridge ... Texas studio manager


1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA's race to the moon. The real mission - use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies - Their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including a brief sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operaatio Avalanche See more »


Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$55,000, 21 October 2016
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Technical Specs



Color | Black and White (opening sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is director Matt Johnson's thesis film. See more »


During the car chase, the baseball broadcast references Kansas City Athletics pitcher Catfish Hunter. The Athletics had moved to Oakland in 1968, a year before the scene takes place. See more »


Matt Johnson: Instead of video, why don't we Forrest Gump you into these photos? I'll rebuild them in 3-D space and we'll just re-stage the action in a massive green screen studio.
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References The Stranger (1946) See more »


But It's Allright
Written by J. J. Jackson
Performed by J. J. Jackson
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A movie which leaves a interesting mark
31 July 2016 | by zoxzgamerSee all my reviews

Operation Avalanche is a mockumentary/found footage genre movie which really twists the genre around and brings along an interesting point of facts. Some people call it the most illegal movie ever made which it does almost live up to.

This movie focuses how the USA could not land a man on the moon and how 2 CIA agents find this out and how they think up of an idea which really makes you wonder. The film consists of many funny moment, an intense car chase and a cluster of interesting ideas from the 1960s and references to the future.

The fantastic actors, clever script and good plot make up for the low budget it had.

Definitely a must watch!

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