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Capricorn One (Special Edition) [Import]

Norman Bartold , Barbara Bosson , Peter Hyams    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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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What If One Of The Greatest Space Adventures Was Really A Hoax? When The Head Of Nasa'S Manned Mars Mission Discovers That The Capsule Meant To Carry The Astronauts Will Suffer A Catastrophic Failure, He Forces Them To Participate In A Hoax By Broadcasting Their "Mission" From A Studio Built In An Abandoned Air Force Base. Over Many Months, The Astronauts Are Forced To Film Broadcasts On Their Progress. All Is Going Well Until They Learn That The Only Way For The Hoax To Be Maintained Is For Them To Die Upon Re-Entry. Their Only Chance For Survival Is To Make A Desperate Attempt To Escape. Throughout This Period, An Investigative Reporter Gets Wind Of The Fact That Something Is Amiss And Slowly Puts Together The Pieces Of The Mystery.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Was a gift... April 8 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Movie was a gift for my sister but it arrived quicker than I could believe and she enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller Dec 13 2012
The first manned space flight to Mars is just about to launch when the crew is suddenly taken off the Capricorn One. It seems there's a malfunctioning part that would prove fatal to the space program's funding (and the astronauts, as well). But the director has a plan to make everything alright...or not.

I saw this movie in 1978, and absolutely loved it; watching it again did not disappoint in any way. It's edge-of-your-seat exciting from start to finish. Elliot Gould is perfectly cast as a reporter who suspects foul play, James Brolin plays a likable astronaut, and Hal Holbrook is unforgettable as the sinister mastermind behind the hoax. The desert photography is impressive as is the Jerry Goldsmith score.

This story is still riveting (and plausible); the clever and terrifying script has one of the best final scenes ever and still makes me a little nervous when I see a helicopter. Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still,a thought provoking film Nov. 3 2012
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
I saw Capricorn One(released June/78)in its debut year,at a drive-in no less(remember those?),and I liked it then.After viewing it after all these years,I can safely say I STILL like it.It stars a great cast including:Elliott Gould as Robert Caulfield,James Brolin as Colonel Charles Brubaker, USAF,Sam Waterston as Lieutenant Colonel Peter Willis, USAF,O. J. Simpson as Commander John Walker, USN,Hal Holbrook as Dr. James Kelloway,Brenda Vaccaro as Kay Brubaker,Karen Black as Judy Drinkwater,David Doyle as Walter Loughlin,Robert Walden as Elliot Whitter,Telly Savalas as Albain,James Karen as Vice President Price,David Huddleston as Congressman Hollis Peaker and others.The film was deftly helmed by Peter Hyams,who was in his salad says as a director.The film's speculative but very intriguing plot,about whether a manned mission to Mars was faked,rings ever more true today in light of the fact that we can do even more now technologically speaking,than we could have then.Would it ever be done?Well that is the $64,000,000 question,isn't it?There are some that say the robotic missions to Mars now are fakes.Conspiracy theorists have always been around,as they were back then in the 70s(and before).The Moon landings were still fresh in everyone's minds,and some thought even then they had been faked.MANY average folks thought(and still do)that the assassination of Pres.Kennedy in /63 didn't go down as said.Then came the successive proven lies from Pres.Johnson and Nixon about the Vietnam War.So a movie about a government controlled faking of a Mars mission,was not as kooky as it sounded for 70s audiences.And with the internet as it is today,these kind of older conspiracy theories are tame.
The plot involves a group of three astronauts who are on board to fly to Mars(Brolin,Simpson and Waterson).
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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 Conversation... to name a few. (today you'd do it in public, given you're 'too big to fail'...)
This is a fine (and entertaining!) example of how 70s-film dramatized the self-doubt of a nation and its people's mistrust against authorities.

Very solid picture. Original aspect ratio.
Recommended! (BD cover data "4:3" = incorrect)

Film: 7.5/10
Picture quality 8/10
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 orig.
Run time (24 fps): 2 03'09''
Chpt.: 12
Audio: Engl.
ST: Engl.
Region free
Bonus: -
Studio: itv
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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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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 5 months ago by D.W.
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
3.0 out of 5 stars An uneven film, still worth the effort
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... Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Jeffrey Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Plays to the "Moon Landing Was a Hoax" crowd
Good entertainment. It plays on the old "the moon landing was all a giant hoax" conspiracy theory. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Joseph H Pierre
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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