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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?


This movie was filmed on DV and then printed onto 16 mm film in order to achieve that grainy film look. Matt Johnson dragged the print on the ground in order to artificially age the print. See more »


In two scenes in the movie, one at the very beginning and the other right at the end, a dark blue pick up truck can be seen parked in a car park. The truck looks like it was made in the 80's - 90's and does not fit into the time line of the movie. It also has mag wheels of a modern design which look out of place in the 60's. See more »


Matt Johnson: Movie special effects can be very convincing, especially when you don't know you're watching a movie.
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References Anatomy of a Murder (1959) See more »


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Written by John Fogerty (uncredited)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Oh Jesus, where do i start
3 January 2017 | by adrian-m-millerSee all my reviews

This is like a student film, only worse...that is badly thought out, badly executed, and i wont even bother with the plot holes because you drive a death star through them.Just horrible.

None of the premises even work in suspension of disbelief land...

There's scant setup for any of the many set pieces or premises, and it looks like they spent more time trying to achieve the appearance of the era and film degradation effects than anything else.

Id rather watch the Ghostbusters reboot, and ill never watch that

Humanity is really quite over the handful of nutters that still believe that Armstrong and co didn't actually land on the moon, despite all the evidence to debunk their nutty theories.

This film actually doesn't serve these people well because its so badly thought out and executed.

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