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Capricorn One (2008)

Elliott Gould , Brenda Vaccaro  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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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 (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DE29SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,637 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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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful forgotten movie - Lousy transfer December 3, 2003
By Yarby
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
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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23 of 25 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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29 of 33 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 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure? July 26, 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this in the theater in 1978, and in later years bought it on VHS, then laserdisc, then DVD.

I could never get the DVD to play in the proper aspect ratio on my new Plasma TV unless I played it in "windowbox" format. It irritated me.

Finally I stumbled upon this 2008 Special Edition (which I didn't know existed until January 2011). This version has a cleaner picture, plays in proper aspect ratio on my widescreen TV, and has a very enjoyable Director's Commentary.

The premise and execution of this film might seem a bit dated and hokey to contemporary audiences, but this film was a product of the 1970's American cynicism and mistrust of the government, and it was VERY relevant in its day.

It is still my favorite Peter Hyams movie (with "Narrow Margin" running a very close second) and for me it holds up well 32+ years after its release.

If you are wanting to buy this movie, pick up the 2008 Special Edition for its enhanced widescreen presentation and bonus content. There is a movie-only Blu-ray edition that was released in the UK (and maybe Canada), but I'm told the picture quality isn't enough improved to justify the expense.

In the Director's Commentary, Hyams readily admits that this film is not and was not intended to be all that plausible. But the concept was a fun idea and came on the heels of a period in our history when we were tired of being lied to by our government (sounds familiar, eh?).

It is meant to be entertainment, first and foremost. To pick it apart for its implausibility is to miss the point.

A fun drinking game to play when watching it is to count the number of Barbra Streisand husbands and ex-husbands in the cast.

O.J. Simpson has a supporting role (with few lines) in this film. At one point during a scene where's he walking through the desert, I could swear I heard him say "I'd KILL for a drink of water".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Capricorn DUMB!
I hated it, when I bought this film I was like cool a sci-fi thriller. I was so wrong, no plot, no action, and a really boring film. Read more
Published 18 days ago by K.L. CocKayne
4.0 out of 5 stars It makes you wonder with all of the scandals that have come to light...
This is an intriguing movie especially considering when it premiered, 1977. It makes you wonder with all of the scandals that have come to light with todays media could something... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ccaperry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Robert M. Hofer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item was as described.
Published 1 month ago by John Sziber
5.0 out of 5 stars ... long ago on TV and thought it was so good, although it never got...
I saw this movie long ago on TV and thought it was so good, although it never got the attention that it deserves, in my opinion. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Arbuckle
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Sci-Fi movies
One of my favorite Sci-Fi movies. If you watch 'Friends' on TV, you'll recall Joey's nana couldn't remember much, but she did remember Sam Waterson on Capricorn One.
Published 2 months ago by TV Child
2.0 out of 5 stars The acting was horrible. The plot was childlike
Not worth waiting for. The acting was horrible. The plot was childlike, and really a waist of time to watch.
Published 2 months ago by Ralphe
3.0 out of 5 stars "Keep your god damn head down! "
Capricorn One is a good but flawed movie. It is well paced with plenty of action, a good cast, a very good musical score by Jerry Goldsmith. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product and service.
Published 2 months ago by Ralph Vines
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Late 70's VHS Movie ---Big Hit!
It arrived expedited USPS in good shipping packaging and the VHS tape is NEW! I am 4vr stuck in the 80's and love VHS movies. I'm 44 years old, what do you expect? Read more
Published 2 months ago
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