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Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy Theory
Actors: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart, Steve Kahan
Director: Richard Donner
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1997     2hr 15min

An obsessive cabby learns his fear is justified.


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Actors: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart, Steve Kahan
Director: Richard Donner
Creators: Dan Cracchiolo, Ilyse A. Reutlinger, J. Mills Goodloe, Jim Van Wyck, Joel Silver, Julie Durk, Brian Helgeland
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Mel Gibson, Richard Donner, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/30/1997
Original Release Date: 08/08/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 08/08/1997
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 2hr 15min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Janice B. from ROUND LK BCH, IL
Reviewed on 12/1/2015...
A great cast. I really enjoyed the movie.
Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 1/15/2011...
GREAT movie.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amanda S. from AVON, NY
Reviewed on 6/27/2010...
Ironically ..makes you wonder how many of mel's theories have a bit of truth to them? Thought provoking and challenging..
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kelly A. (mrsjja) from DIXON, IL
Reviewed on 3/24/2010...
Very Good Movie!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Conspiracy Theory - An extremely well made film!
K. Wyatt | St. Louis, MO United States | 02/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would definitely have to say that "Conspiracy Theory" is one of my favorite films of all times. The overall premise, pacing and the performances given by the actors lends heavily to this opinion. The one intriguing yet very strange thing about this movie is seeing Patrick Stewart playing the bad guy. After years and years of parts in which he is generally one of the good guys and then of course, his role as Captain Jean Luc Picard on Star Trek The Next Generation solidified his status as the "ultimate" good guy, it's very difficult to see him on the wrong side of the script. As usual though, his performance is as top notch as it is in any project he immerses himself.Mel Gibson's performance as Jerry Fletcher in this film is quite a show. Just imagine his demeanor as Riggs from the "Lethal Weapon" movies and "crazy" it up a few notches and you have Mel Gibson as Jerry Fletcher, an Oscar caliber performance unrewarded. What can one say about Julia Roberts; she does her thing in this film and it works very well. That's the one strange thing about Julia Roberts, in most of her films, you don't see a very drastic difference in her performances, she pretty much does the same thing film for "most" of her films and they keep on being box office hits.As testament to the quality of this film, one only needs to look at the name of the director which is Richard Donner. For many years now, Richard Donner has directed some of the most successful television shows and films ever produced such as; "Gilligan's Island," "The Rifleman," "Superman" the movie in 1978 and all four of the "Lethal Weapon" movies, hence Mel Gibson's casting in the lead role of "Conspiracy Theory." Needless to say, if you see his name as the director of a new film, it will definitely be worth your time to watch.The Premise:Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is an extremely neurotic cab driver in New York City. Very early in the film, you'll see that he appears to be obsessed with a lawyer by the name of Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts). As the title of the movie suggests, Jerry sees conspiracies every where and despite telling everybody about it to include Alice, nobody seems to believe him and he doesn't even appear to believe himself until Dr. Jonas and his crew steps in and abducts him...What follows from there is clearly one of Mel Gibson's best films that I've found to be quite enjoyable over several different viewings as this film is quite well worth multiple viewings. I highly recommend this film to any and all who are interested in films from this genre of action/adventure and mystery. {ssintrepid}Special Features:This is the only downside to this DVD version, a serious lack of special features.-Production Notes
-Theatrical Trailer"
Mel Gibson is Brilliant
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have any doubt whatsoever that Mel Gibson is one of the greatest actors of our time, buy this movie and dispel those doubts once and for all. Gibson's portrayal of the unhinged Jerry Fletcher is nothing short of astonishing. Rambling in broken, unfinished sentences, and in facial expressions that speak volumes, revealing the depth of his character in layers, Gibson gives an incredible performance.The conspiracy-laden plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and the suspense is fantastic. Another EXCELLENT movie in Mel Gibson's enviable repertoire. Julia Roberts does a serviceable job in the movie also, though not a stand-out performance.The only clinker in the movie is Lauryn Hill's version of Frankie Valli's classic "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You." Hill's version is a travesty that absolutely, positively RUINS that great song. Leave it to a modern-day singer/rapper to completely SCREW UP a classic song. Fortunately, you can fast-forward past it when the credits roll.Other than that, great movie, highly recommended."
Patrick Stewart - evil?
Shelley Gammon | Kaufman, Texas USA | 01/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this movie. When it hit theaters I wasn't interested in seeing it and only saw it recently. Being a huge Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, it was a cheap thrill to know that Patrick Stewart would be in this film... and he proves what an incredible actor he is. His character (Jonas) is so evil, you want him to just die, already!Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is a cab driver in New York City. He is a nutty but harmless (or is he?) conspiracy theory junkie. He has all sorts of theories about crop circles, crime, government control, you name it.He is sure that people are out to kill him, so he always sets up an elaborate escape plan and sets booby traps everywhere in his slum apartment. Jerry is unexplicably obsessed with Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts), who is an attorney with the Department of Justice. He continues to stalk her and tries continuously to contact her to espouse his latest theories. Alice feels sorry for Jerry and thinks of him as a sometimes annoying, but caring, sweet, lonely man who is a little touched in the head.Jerry has a self-published newsletter he sends out to a whopping 5 subscribers. As a number of them start mysteriously dying one by one, Alice suddenly starts to believe there is more to Jerry than just being a nutty cab driver.Those who couldn't stomach "The Marathon Man" may have trouble seeing similar torture scenes at the hands of Jonas, but they are brief in comparison. The film is a total thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. The plot was so well thought-out, that while you're watching in suspense, you don't find yourself saying, "that's ridiculous!""