Writer-director Peter Hyams (Running Scared, 2010: The Year We Make Contact) took part in CBS’ Apollo broadcasts, noting “the only verification we have … came from a TV camera.” With Apollo hoax conspiracies and Watergate in its DNA, Capricorn One is a thriller about a faked Martian landing. Fearing negative publicity and a cut in funding when a last-minute leak is detected, NASA sneaks the astronauts (James Brolin, Sam Waterston and a wooden O.J. Simpson) off their capsule and forces them to enact the landing in a studio. It turns into a chase movie when they escape. Elliot Gould plays the reporter who sniffs out the truth, and Brenda Vaccaro portrays the astronaut wife who becomes suspicious. The movie received mixed reviews, was a moderate box-office success, and has attained cult status over the years.
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