George T. (mustanggeorge) from NEWBURY PARK, CA Reviewed on 3/16/2009...
Great story line. movie holds up even today. If you belief we never made it to the moon, this movie is for you.
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Wonderful forgotten movie - Lousy transfer
Yarby | Medina, OH United States | 12/03/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
This should be a cult classic !
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 12/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
The ultimate 70's conspiracy thriller
Raegan Butcher | Rain City, USA | 06/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was 9 yrs old I lived next door to a mall where a theater complex (one of the first Multi-plexes) was erected just around the time of this film's release; I must've seen Capricorn One at least 6 times in that theater alone as well as countless times on VHS and on TV and I guess i always grew up thinking that things are never what they appear to be and i have never had any trouble believing the worst of my government and I think Capricorn One probably had a lot to do with that. After a decade of Oliver Stone movies and the X files it might be easy to forget that CAPRICORN ONE had it all first.There are some memorable set-pieces: The slow pullback from the astronauts shining faceplate to reveal the soundstage while the rah-rah speech is recited, the insane Bi-plane and helicopter chase that ends the film. My personal favorite among the scenes are those involving Elliot Gould and his travails at the hands of shadowy govt G. Gordon Liddy types, who first erase all traces of his pal from NASA ( a nicely worried Robert Walden) and then proceed to attempt to assassinate and then just generally screw with him. Other plusses: a grip of excellent characterizations--from James Brolin's flinty-eyed commanding astronaut,OJ Simpson's stoic but warily paranoid fellow astronaut,Hal Holbrooke oozing apologies and menace as the NASA hatchet man-- everyone gives it their all to produce a first rate thriller. And the film benefits enormously from Jerry Goldsmiths pounding and ominous score; it continues to remain one of my all time favorite soundtracks. Bravo to all involved.
Great trivia question to go along with escapist fun
Raegan Butcher | 09/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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!!!!"
A Good Yarn
Winthrop J. Quiggy | 07/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."