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  • Actors: Elliott Gould, Brenda Vaccaro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DE29SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

Customer Reviews

With all the things we can do now this could really happen.
Donna Mccool
In order to assure the future of NASA and future space flights, they are told to fake the Mars landing on a very convincing soundstage.
Christopher Dalton
This film is a great original suspenseful film when they used to make films with a good plot which also included natural suspense.
Land of Texas

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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Yarby on December 3, 2003
Format: DVD
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. Of course, it pushes the limits of believability from time to time...but never far enough to make it unenjoyable.
Now for the bad part....this movie definitely deserves a better DVD than this. It is widescreen, but not enhanced as it should be. But worse...the picture has areas where it almost appears as if it is being projected against a dirty screen. Other areas of the movie are blurred...amplified when viewed in a large format.
I can't NOT recommend this DVD...only because it is the only one available of this film. But I sure wish someone would do the movie justice.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Quick, what 1970s B-movie co-stars Barbra Streisand's former and current husbands? That would be the extremely enjoyable Capricorn One. The husbands? Ex-hubby Elliot Gould and current spouse James Brolin of course.Ironically, the film centers around these two characters with journalist Gould trying to find fugitive astronaut Brolin before the government kills both of them. Hal Holbrook is up to his usual evil shenanigans as the bad guy and the always-underrated Brenda Vaccaro has some poignant scenes as Brolin's "widow" who is told her husband and two other astronauts -- O.J. Simpson and Sam Waterston -- have been killed upon re-entry to earth on a mission from Mars. It seems they never got there though because the government found a glitch in the well-publicized mission that made the trip impossible. Capricorn One is amazingly suspenseful, funny and features an enjoyable cast. The ending is appropriately uplifting and you have to love any movie where normally intense Waterston provides the comic relief as the cutup astronaut!!!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Winthrop J. Quiggy on July 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Suprisingly, I saw this movie for the first time just a few short days ago, even though I was old enough to have seen it when it hit the theaters. A shame I let it go so long.
At the beginning of this movie, three astronauts (played by James Brolin, Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson) are pulled from a space flight destined for Mars. There was something wrong with the life-support system. The director of the space program (Hal Holbrook) says that they can't afford for the flight to be cancelled, so the three astronauts are coerced through threats to go through with a fake landing filmed on a closed base.
A reporter (Elliot Gould) talks with a friend (Robert Walden) who claims there is something mysterious going on with the flight. Immediately after this revelation, the friend disappears with no trace of him having ever existed. The reorter begins a quest to find out what is going on.
Meanwhile, the now unmanned spaceship burns up on re-entry. This means that except for the three astronauts and few head people in the space program, everyone else thinks they're all dead. This leads to the exciting last half of the movie.
A similar conspiracy theory (held mostly by extreme nutcases) revolves around our own moon shots, but this movie makes the plot an extremely good way to pass a couple of hours.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I love this flick ! from 1978, it's a thriller that stands up to many, many viewings, and it gets you thinking...could something like this ever happen ? It's a great one for "Conspiracy theorists", "Enquiring minds", or just plain old folks like me who distrust "The System".
It boasts a cast of actors that never quite made it big, all turning in excellent performances: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, you even get O.J. Simpson in one of his finest minutes.
I get a big kick out of films made in the '70's. The mens fashions were priceless. Those wonderful suits, ties, and haircuts ! What a hoot it all was.
A favorite scene is the one with Sam Waterston on the cliff, and the crop-dusting plane chase is fabulous. The Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack is terrific, as is Bill Butler's cinematography. Though there are lapses in the script, I give this five stars for being one of the most entertaining and best B movies out there.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Von Ray on July 26, 2009
Format: DVD
I have to confess I have always liked this film, ever since I first saw it and was too young to realize some of the more obvious errors. It was a little slow, as I was used to Star Wars type speed, and a little talkative but I loved the idea. Seeing it again, on widescreen, as an adult, I appreciate it a lot more.
The positives are the story, the acting (which is actually very good, especially Hal Holbrook and Elliott Gould, and a hilarious scene stealing Telly Savalas), great direction, superb chase scenes and a very nice score.
It may not be a perfect film, or as awe-inspiring as Close Encounters, but this is a very entertaining film and one of the more under-valued films of the 70's.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Good plot about our own government attempting to hoax the world with a staged manned space flight to Mars. The film keeps us in our seats with moving action and suspense as the three astronauts attempt to escape their captors and reveal to the world what was really going on. A rare acting appearance by O. J. Simpson is featured in this movie.
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