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Capricorn One (2008)

Elliott Gould , Brenda Vaccaro  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elliott Gould, Brenda Vaccaro
  • Format: 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 (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DE29SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,195 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.

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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful forgotten movie - Lousy transfer December 3, 2003
By Yarby
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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great trivia question to go along with escapist fun September 24, 1999
By A Customer
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 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a cult classic ! 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 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure? 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'll say this much, when ITC Entertainment Group focused more on motion pictures than television series(The classic Space:1999 series for example), they definately cranked out some winners. Films like The Eagle Has Landed, Satrun 3, Green Ice, and The Legend Of The Lone Ranger for example. However, the British Television and Motion Picture really brought out a winner in 1977 with the release of the classic science fiction/action adventure/political and conspiracy thriller, Capricorn One. Written and Directed by the great Peter Hyams, and starring an astounding cast of actors that consisted of James Brolin, Elloit Gould, Sam Waterston, Hal Holbrook, Brenda Vaccaro, Telly Savalas, David Doyle, Karen Black, and countless others. Nt to mention having an explosive soundtrack by Academy-Award winning composer Jerry Goldsmith.
I first saw the movie on NBC's Sunday Night at the movies, and it made me a fan of James Brolin for life. The movie tells the story of NASA's first mission to Mars, and how much NASA's future is riding on this major project. If the mission is a failure, then Congress will cut back funding on the manned space program. When the three astronauts are about ready to launch, they are immediately pulled out from the Apollo space capsule and are flown to an abandoned Air Force base in Texas. There, they are told by the cheif flight director of the project, that due to a faulty life support system, the mission would put the astronauts in peril. 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. If they do not cooperate, their families will be killed. The astronauts have no choice nut to participate in the elaborate hoax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray vs. Regular DVD
We've owned the original DVD for Capricorn One for quite a while. Decided to try the blue-ray, and found the picture quality had certainly been improved the quality of the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by julans
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie is always a great movie
I loved it when I first saw it, and it's only improved with age! Stands the test of time with an A+.
Published 11 days ago by Joanne Bushaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie from the past.
I found out about this movie through a mailing list I am on. They had sent me part of the video to watch in order to make me think about other possibilities. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RON G
1.0 out of 5 stars The moon landing was a hoax but that doesn't improve this movie.
Though the subject of this movie is interesting, the movie itself is boring. I watched it once and put it away never to be watched again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura B.
4.0 out of 5 stars For all the idiots that think we never landed in the moon
Plausible script about that bad theory. Well acted & funny at a moment. Great ending. and O.J. doesn't make it this time
Published 2 months ago by P. Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Capricorn One
It arrived quickly and just as described. The movie is great, one I remember from years ago. I had forgotten the uplifting ending.
Published 2 months ago by cranbyrre
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 starts just for O.J. Simpsons class lines...
There is a part of the movie where the 3 astronauts go into the desert to flee from their pursuers. Brolin wants to hand O.J. Read more
Published 2 months ago by WolfX5
5.0 out of 5 stars Caprcorn One is an exceptional movie
This movie really makes you think. Could this really happen. Outstanding photography is pursuit scenes. Well worth the money spent.
Published 2 months ago by janet fitts
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look!
This is an older movie, but the story is good. It raised a lot of questions and makes you think.
Published 2 months ago by T. KOWALCZYK
5.0 out of 5 stars you got to see it
i seen this many years ago and still love to watch it you will to if your into mystery kind of sci fi.
Published 3 months ago by finny
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