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Capricorn One [Blu-ray] [Import]

 PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Thanks to repeated showings on cable television and home video, this speculative thriller has built quite a loyal following since its release in 1978. The provocative "what if?" scenario still packs a punch, even if it is not always believable. James Brolin, Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson star as three astronauts who agree to spare the government embarrassment by faking their historic landing on Mars after their spacecraft is determined to be unsafe for blastoff. When a scheming mission controller (Hal Holbrook) plots to kill the astronauts in a staged capsule fire, the trio embarks on a dangerous mission to expose the truth. Elliott Gould costars as the journalist determined to crack the conspiracy, and director Peter Hyams turns up the tension with an exciting chase sequence involving Telly Savalas as an eccentric barnstormer who comes to Gould's aid in his attempt to rescue the hoax mission's sole survivor. --Jeff Shannon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Better things may come to those that wait Dec 23 2010
By tzaros
Capricorn One [Blu-ray]

It is my opinion that Capricorn One continues to be a very underrated movie by most critics. Personally, I think it has a very good and unique storyline, with good acting (for the most part - I think O. J. Simpson was mis-casted), good drama as well as action. I like this movie so much that I have purchased this movie on VHS and DVD in the past and have been looking forward to seeing a high definition transfer of this movie onto Blu-Ray. Unfortunately, this particular Blu-Ray did not meet my expectations. It is my opinion that this Blu-Ray disc was a direct transfer of the DVD version of the film. The lack of resolution and definition is evident especially in many scenes filled with movements. I would suggest that other Capricorn One fans out there continue to wait for a remastered Blu-Ray version of this film to be released someday hopefully in the not too distant future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underground Classic for Conspiracy Buffs July 16 2004
If this wasn't the original Black Helicopters movie, it sure went a long way toward immortalizing that aviatory image as a sure sign of evil government conspiracies. On a personal note, I remember it for two things -- seeing it on a Sunday afternoon with my Dad on the best weekend we spent together of my pre-teen years; and first hearing the "black guy dies first" movie custom from Dad.
The plot is simple and, at the time, rather chilling. Remember, it was only nine years after the 1969 moon landing, even less after Vietnam lies began coming to light and four years after Watergate climaxed with Nixon's resignation. Also, it's one year after the Viking unmanned craft landed on Mars.
The first manned mission to Mars has a wee bit of a problem -- a life support system that was too cheap and discovered too late. NASA needs this mission to be successful with no glitches to keep its considerable funding amidst dying interest in the space program. Solution? Fake the mission! Hal Holbrook explains all this to astronauts James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O.J. Simpson (there were athletic black actors who could ACT in the 1970s, but the trend was to use famous and semi-famous jocks. Probably has something to do with Q ratings and bankability). Holbrook persuades them to go along in a manner that makes you ask "Are the government or major corporations such as the aerospace industry siblings, distant cousins, kissing cousins or incestuous siblings with the Mafia?"
All is well until technology and the astronauts begin little rebellions that hint this mission isn't exactly a space oddity. This puts Eliott Gould, a newspaper guy always foolishly swinging for the fence sexually and professionally, on the case.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An uneven film, still worth the effort June 24 2004
In many ways, Capricorn One is a quissential example of a '70s action film. The film tells the story of the first manned spaceflight to Mars and the three dedicated pioneers (played by James Brolin, Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson -- and yes, it is impossible to watch the film without thinking about Simpson's most recent role) who bring hope to a cynical country by conquering the Red Planet. The only problem, of course, is that the whole thing is a fake. The three men are actually in a hastily constructed studio in the middle of a barren desert and their spacecraft is empty as it journeys through space and time. As implausible as this plot may sound, the film actually goes to the trouble to make the reasoning behind this plot believable and it even goes to the trouble to provide some humanity to the plot's mastermind, a NASA official played by Hal Holbrook. Because the film actually takes the time to set up the situation, it remains compelling even when that empty spacecraft happens to burn up on reentry, meaning that -- in order for the three spacemen to remain martyrs and for NASA to continue to get funding -- they have to die in reality as well. As the three men try to escape across the barren desert (pursued by three very ominous helicopters -- never has a sinister government conspiracy ever looked so realistically sinister), a reporter played by Elliott Gould slowly starts to uncover the conspiracy and soon his life is in danger as well.
While the basic plot itself is similar to quite a few recent action films, what distinguished Capricorn One is that the film -- made while the nation, still feeling the pain of Watergate and Viet Nam, was still getting used to not being able to trust the government -- plays this story totally straight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plays to the "Moon Landing Was a Hoax" crowd May 15 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Good entertainment. It plays on the old "the moon landing was all a giant hoax" conspiracy theory. There are people who still believe that, and this film is built on the same plot. The trip to Mars was a failure, and so the "power brokers" stage it with real astronauts who have to be killed in the end, and movie and television tricks.

Hal Holbrook plays the heavy (bad government guy in charge of the hoax, including killing folks). Elliott Gould is the plucky young reporter (Caulfield) who is being set up by the government because he knows too much, and suspects more than he knows. The three astronauts are played by James Brolin, O.J. Simpson and a young Sam Waterson. They are supposed to be killed when their heat shield fails on re-entry (to avoid any embarrassing leaks later), but they escape from their southwest location. Even Telly Savalas gets a part in the solution, as Elliott Gould closes in on the bad (read "government") guys who are caught red-handed in their hoax on the gullible American people (aren't they always?).

This film has the whole schmeer, including the black helicopters, bad politicians (probably Republicans, of course), car chases, gun battles from airplanes, and the bad guys getting their comeuppance in the end.

It's good entertainment.

Joseph (Joe) Pierre

author of Handguns and Freedom...their care and maintenance
and other books
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2.0 out of 5 stars Product may be good. Yet to get it. Prime is a waste.
I received the product, but the whole 'get it within the next 48 hours using Prime' was a bogus as one could endure. Days turned into well over a week and some. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a gift...
Movie was a gift for my sister but it arrived quicker than I could believe and she enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks!
Published 17 months ago by Paulette Stoltz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller
The first manned space flight to Mars is just about to launch when the crew is suddenly taken off the Capricorn One. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kona
4.0 out of 5 stars Still,a thought provoking film
I saw Capricorn One(released June/78)in its debut year,at a drive-in no less(remember those?),and I liked it then. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mission-to-Mars misfire will not be televized...

Back in the seventies 'conspiracy' was all the rage: 3 Days of the Condor; All the President's Men; The Parallax View; Night Moves; The Domino Principle; The... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2011 by mickey_one
2.0 out of 5 stars Something's missing...
Not a bad idea for a film. Something could have been made of it, but this one comes up short. It drags badly in places, especially Hal Holbrook's far-too-long explanation to the... Read more
Published on March 7 2010 by silvertown
4.0 out of 5 stars All the President's Nasa Men
A nifty adventure that fits in well with many of the 1970's paranoid thrillers (i.e. Marathon Man, Three Days of the Condor, etc.). Read more
Published on April 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful forgotten movie - Lousy transfer
What a joy to see this movie again. I had forgotten how suspenseful it was, not having seen it since its theater release. Even O.J. Simpson can't ruin it. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Yarby
4.0 out of 5 stars Man's first landing on Mars never happened...
Writer/director Peter Hyams (Outland, End of Days) drew on the popularity of All The President's Men and the USA's love of conspiracy theory (notably that the moon landings were... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
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