Capricorn One
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Astronauts Charles Brubaker, John Walker, and Peter Willis (James Brolin, O.J. Simpson, and Sam Waterston, respectively) are hailed as heroes when they become the first men to be rocketed to Mars. Actually the space travelers are as phony as their mission controller, Dr. James Kelloway (Hal Holbrook); to avert a failure that might cost the space program its funding, the Mars-bound vessel has been sent up without a crew, while the helmeted astronauts sit on a movie soundstage, pretending to be in outer space for the benefit of the TV cameras. Unfortunately the Mars ship crashes on arrival,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pretty soon the project gets bogged down in innumerable difficulties, not helped by the awfulness of most of the dialogue."
‑ , Time Out
"A memorable exercise in the paranoia genre."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A sharp, cynical and exciting post-Watergate paranoid thriller that established Peter Hyams as a top-notch action filmmaker."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"A great idea executed with no more than workmanlike competence."
‑ , Film4
"In general, it is a script of conveniences."
‑ , Variety
"Solid, tightly written entertainment."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Cool conspiracy thriller"
‑ Fred Topel,
"Cute for a while, Capricorn One wears thin in its second hour, degenerating into a by-the-books chase movie."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Can you imagine O. J. Simpson as an astronaut?"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Controversial for its time, now so-so conspiracy theory plot about faked moon landing."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Exciting and well-plotted conspiracy film."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
More reviews for Capricorn One on Rotten Tomatoes

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