Capricorn One (1977)

Capricorn One (1977)
  • 20585
  • PG
  • Genre: Action
  • Release year: 1977 ()
  • Running time: 123 min
  • Original Title: Capricorn One
  • Voted: 20585

Charles Brubaker is the astronaut leading NASA's first manned mission to Mars. Seconds before the launch, the entire team is pulled from the capsule and the rocket leaves earth unmanned much to Brubaker's anger. The head of the programme explains that the life support system was faulty and that NASA can't afford the publicity of a scratched mission. The plan is to fake the Mars landing and keep the astronauts at a remote base until the mission is over, but then investigative journalist Robert Caulfield starts to suspect something.

1Elliott GouldRobert Caulfield
2James BrolinCharles Brubaker
3Brenda VaccaroKay Brubaker
4Sam WaterstonPeter Willis
  • by 9/10

    I just wish some of those technically minded, nit-picking nerds who submitboring, long winded indictments of really good films would just lighten upand take films for what they're meant to be.....entertainment. I revisitedCapricorn One this evening and the 2 hours just flew by. Every film evermade (no matter how great) is flawed. They're not meant to be picked apart,anyone can pick holes in a film. Capricorn One is a very exciting, thoughtprovoking thriller which still stands up today.

    Writer/director Peter Hyams deserves great credit in attempting in just 2hours screen time to construct a film designed to entertain and at the sametime get you thinking. To do full justice to the story line would requireanother 2 hours, but many people are reluctant to sit through a 4 hour film.Of course it has it's faults but it has very much to commend it such as theexciting action sequences, intelligent and at times very humorous script andconvincing performances. One doesn't have to accept the film's premise (hoaxMars/Moon whatever landings) to enjoy this fine film. Judge for yourself. Myverdict....9 out of 10.

  • by 7/10

    I thought this was a very well done, and intelligent thriller. A group ofastronauts are about to launch to space, they soon find out that they donothave enough funding, so they must fake the mission anyway, somebody issuesareport that the shuttle crashed, and left the men dead, this means thatthepublic has to think that these men are really dead. This is the kind ofthriller than they dont make anymore, and its too bad. Also includes ahugecast of famillar faces: James Brolin(Westworld), Telly Savalas(TV'sKojak),Hal Holbrook(Men Of Honor), David Huddleston(The Big Lebowski), and manymore star in this first rate thriller. *** out of ****.

  • by 8/10

    This movie is indeed a noteworthy sci-fi/conspiracy flick, even afterall these years.

    Unmistakeably based on the real-life "moon hoax" pseudo-conspiracy, ittakes the issue one step further and explores just how far yourgovernment might go to cover up its own incapacity and silence everyonewho gets in its way (Ironically enough for that matter, the moonlandings are portrayed in this movie as a non-hoax and really did takeplace).

    When three would-be Mars astronauts are secretly pulled out of theircapsule just minutes before liftoff due to a malfunctioning lifesupport system that would have meant certain death, they are quicklytransferred to an abandoned air force base out in the desert. Uponarrival, they are told that they'll have to play make-believe using thefacility's very own "Mars" sound stage. It's got everything in place tofool the public about an actual Mars landing. Things go somewhat welland although the astronauts really begin to resent the big swindle theywere drawn into, nobody really notices. That is, until their real-lifelanding capsule disintegrates while re-entering the earth's atmosphere.They figure that now that they're all supposed to be dead, thegovernment will have them killed for real....

    So much for the plot, the rest is yours to find out about. Definitelyworth watching. One thing though, try to watch it in widescreen -somehow they showed the 4:3 full-frame version on TV here, which was amajor drawback considering the movie's original 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

    8 out of 10!

  • by 8/10

    Even though this certainly isn't the best movie you'll ever see, it'sstill a movie that is a perfectly entertaining one. It makes this movieone of my favorite movies to watch from the '70's.

    The movie has a really great premise, that provides the movie withplenty of thriller elements and action. It has a lot of elements in itthat always make '70's movies such great ones to watch. It's a moviewith a conspiracy story but luckily the movie decides to be moreentertaining with it than heavy or serious really.

    It's really mainly the concept and main story that makes this movie aninteresting one as well as entertaining. It doesn't always make themovie the most believable one to watch out there but in this particularcase that hardly matters at all. It's such a great and entertainingmovie that you're basically willing to forgive everything that is lessgreat about it. It's a movie that I have always enjoyed watching andalways will.

    Some of the action is really memorable. The plane and helicopters chasein this movie is pretty insane and was obviously very dangerous for allof those involved with it. No way they'll ever do a sequences like thatagain now days, with all those heavy regulations for stunts and ofcourse the availability of CGI this present time. But of course as youcan expect from an '70's movie, there also is plenty of actioninvolving cars and other great action stuff.

    What also really uplifts the movie and its action and entertainmentvalue is the great musical score by Jerry Goldsmith.

    It's a really well made movie, that got directed with lots of pace byPeter Hyams, who has always been at his best directing action stuff,even though most of his movies aren't exactly among the greatest, thisone not included. It also had some real nice camera-work by BillButler.

    The movie also has a pretty nice cast with Elliott Gould, Hal Holbrook,James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O.J. Simpson involved. Perhaps it'strue though that the movie is lacking a clear main character and themovie isn't always clear with on which character it is going to focuswith its main plot. Karen Black and Telly Savalas also make some small,almost cameo like appearances in this movie.

    One of the most entertaining '70's-flicks out there.


  • by 7/10

    One of those movies I'm ashamed to admit that I love. The logic comesand goes in this roller-coaster ride of a film, but the emotional highsare most memorable. One of Elliot Gould's last starring roles. Iparticularly enjoyed Telly Savalas, who chews the scenery unmercifullybut is fun to watch as he saves the day. Also James Brolin, who goesthe extra mile and does things that some actors would balk at, such aseating a rattlesnake. When I saw this in the theatre, there were acouple of scenes that had the audience cheering, which is not somethingone sees very often. And how they ever got NASA to allow them to filmhas got to be a story in itself, one which I am eager to hear.

1Bill Butlercinematographer
2Jerry Goldsmithcomposer
3Peter Hyamsdirector
4James Mitchelleditor
5Paul N. Lazarus IIIproducer
6Albert Brennerproduction_designer