Capricorn One

Peter Hyams, US, 1977, 35mm, 124 min.

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The first manned mission to Mars turns out to be a hoax in this tense conspiracy-filled thriller. When three unwitting astronauts are mysteriously relocated to a deserted military base moments before launch, they become embroiled in a high stakes game of public deception and media manipulation. Journalist Robert Caulfield (Elliott Gould) must uncover the truth before it ends his career or possibly his life. Capricorn One is perhaps one of the more underrated of the pantheon of conspiracy films that stormed theaters in the 1970s.