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

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During the full briefing for how the proposed movie of the landing will be made (at the 47 minute mark) a blackboard in the background can be seen scribbled with the iconic invincibility cheat code "IDDQD" from the computer game DOOM. See more »


Multiple times in the movie the "CIA agents" pronounce the words "about" and "sorry" as Canadians typically do, not as typical Americans would. See more »


Matt Johnson: Have you heard of a conspiracy theory before?
Owen Williams: Yeah. I think we're in one.
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References Lolita (1962) See more »


Whipping Post
Written by Gregg Allman (uncredited)
Performed by John Fogerty
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16 April 2017 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Finally, the faked moon landing conspiracy nuts get their proof, and then some.

Not only does "Operation Avalanche" tell the cold war truth of America's ridiculous claim to lunar escapades, but it's also a nifty espionage thriller, complete with gun play and classic car chases. A pair of documentarians, originally hired to sniff out a Russian mole, soon hatch a plot to film the impending (impossible) moon landing with some clever cinema magic. A tricky plan for sure, but when spy agencies heat up the cold war plans, our filmic nerds are in for the ride of heir life.

Filmed on crackly old stock, old school, old film, "Operation Avalanche" captures the bizarro undercover adventures of the CIA, when the fate of everything America felt near and dear to her heart rested on conquering a barren, grey hunk of space rock.

Could this found footage documentary be the real deal? You decide, and along the way, enjoy the greatest in-car filmed chase since "Bullitt".

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16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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