Capricorn One

Capricorn One

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Director: Peter Hyams

Cast: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro

     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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, making the astronaut trio thoroughly expendable. Investigative reporter Robert Caulfield (Elliott Gould), who's smelled a rat all along, races against time to prevent NASA from "terminating" the hapless astronauts in order to cover up the conspiracy.

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This agreeable high-concept effort is one of Peter Hyams' most accomplished films. The script's conspiracy-theory premise requires a major suspension of disbelief, but Hyams makes it worthwhile for those willing to make that leap with some inspired work behind the camera. The script is peppered with plenty of rapid-fire dialogue worthy of a Howard Hawks comedy (the exchanges between Elliott Gould and Karen Black are particularly memorable) and Hyams applies plenty of style and pizzazz to the film's action set pieces, especially the memorable "dogfight" finale. The thrills Hyams generates are bolstered by plenty of noteworthy assistance behind the camera, the most notable contributions being Bill Butler's sharp widescreen cinematography and Jerry Goldsmith's rousing, militaristic score. However, the glue that holds the film together is the tight ensemble work of its gifted cast: Elliott Gould effectively utilizes his off-kilter charm to flesh out a stock "intrepid reporter" role, James Brolin is appropriately stoic as the bravest of the astronaut trio, and Hal Holbrook is quietly effective as a government figure with a hidden agenda. There are also plenty of great cameos, the best being Telly Savalas' scene-stealing work as an easily annoyed aviator. In the end, Capricorn One is a lightweight but likable affair which provides plenty of fun for thriller fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
UPC:
0012236100256
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary by Peter Hyams; "Flights of Fancy" featurette; Theatrical Trailers; Widescreen version; 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio; English Closed Captioned; English and Spanish Subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elliott Gould Robert Caulfield
James Brolin Charles Brubaker
Brenda Vaccaro Kay Brubaker
Sam Waterston Peter Willis
Orenthal James Simpson John Walker
Hal Holbrook Dr. James Kelloway
David Huddleston Hollis Peaker
David F. Doyle Walter Loughlin
Denise Nicholas Betty Walker
Robert Walden Elliot Whittier
Lee Bryant Sharon Willis
Alan Fudge Capsule Communicator
Karen Black Judy Drinkwater
Telly Savalas Albain
James Karen Vice President Price
Nancy Malone Mrs. Peaker
Norman Bartold President
Darrell Zwerling Dr. Bergen
Milton Selzer Dr. Burroughs
Lou Frizzell Horace Gruning
Paul Picerni Jerry
Barbara Bosson Alva Leacock
Jon Cedar F.B.I. Man #1
Steve Tannen Man at Hangar #1
Trent Dolan Man at Hangar #2
Todd Hoffman NASA Usher
Ken White Tracking Technician
James Bacon Reporter #4
Ron Cummins F.B.I. Man #2
Zack Taylor F.B.I. Man #4
Frank Farmer Policeman
James B. Sikking Control Room Man

Technical Credits
Peter Hyams Director,Screenwriter
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
David M. Haber Art Director
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Paul N. Lazarus Producer
Henry Millar Special Effects
James Mitchell Editor
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Rachmil Associate Producer,Production Manager
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Michael Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Capricorn One
1. Preparing for Launch [6:23]
2. Please Follow Me [6:14]
3. Moment of Truth [6:22]
4. Have To Help [6:07]
5. Malfunctioning Signals [4:34]
6. Capricorn One Has Landed [2:53]
7. Picture On Mars [5:33]
8. Transmission Confusion [2:49]
9. In Too Deep [3:06]
10. Words From Home [4:23]
11. Losing Control [4:13]
12. Red Warning [3:09]
13. What Went Wrong [2:59]
14. Air Escape [7:57]
15. Staying Strong [1:46]
16. Manhunt [4:13]
17. Desert Search [5:41]
18. Something Big [10:46]
19. Looking For Someone [9:34]
20. Fighting for Life [12:24]

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