Capricorn One (1978) 3/5 (2)


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Rating: The Ugly – 66.7
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 123 mins
Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro

Capricorn One is a decent conspiracy thriller about NASA faking a mission to Mars, the reaction of the astronauts forced to take part in the charade, and the reporter who gets wind of it. Despite being made in the 1970’s, this film isn’t on the same level as the great conspiracy films of that era. Jerry Goldsmith’s score is the only aspect of the film that does reach that level. There are plot holes galore and who knows what Peter Hyams thought he was doing with that ending. However, for the most part this film works probably down to the interesting premise and the watchability of Elliott Gould as the reporter, James Brolin and Sam Waterstone as the astronauts, and the always excellent Hal Holbrook as the sinister NASA scientist.

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2 thoughts on “Capricorn One (1978)”

  1. Can’t disagree with your overall placement of this movie. It was such an incredible premise! and I’ve seen trailers for Capricorn One that hook me in ways that are rare. Sadly, a lot of movies have been like this over the years.

    PS Okay– so this guy is on vacation, calls home to his brother to see how things are going while he’s away; the brother says, “Your cat ….”

    1. I know what you mean. A couple of tweaks and this thing would be a proper classic. All the elements were in place and they just dropped the ball with their execution in places. I still think it’s great but I’m biased towards 70’s flicks in general which is why I put it on the guilty pleasure list. Always willing to listen to an argument to move it over though:)

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