Capricorn One (1978)

Capricorn One (1978, USA/GBR) C-123m. SCOPE *** D: Peter Hyams. Starring Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, David Huddleston, James (B.) Sikking. Good science-fiction thriller about first, bally-hooed mission to Mars. Moments before take-off, the astronauts are led out of the space ship and brought to a remote base in the desert. It turns out that the mission had to be cancelled - but the agency wants it broadcast, even if it means that the sequences of the Mars landing have to be filmed in a studio. Soon the astronauts realize that they are merely pawns in a sham that must remain a secret at all costs. Reporter Gould is the only one who starts being suspicious. Compelling stuff, written by director Hyams (2010). Fine score by Jerry Goldsmith, photography by Bill Butler. Another remarkable sci-fi film from the 1970s.


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