Capricorn One 1978 ****

Peter Hyams always brought a professional sheen to his movies, and his 1978 ‘faked landing on Mars’ conspiracy thriller looks great. Elliot Gould is the detective who discovers that the US landing on Mars has been faked, and that the astronauts, including James Brolin and OJ Simpson, have a limited shelf-life once that rocket explodes. Capricorn One ends with a bi-plane and helicopter stuntfest with Telly Savalas that doesn’t feel like quite the right resolution for the story, but there’s plenty to enjoy along the way, particularly the runaway car scene.


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