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Capricorn One (1978)

The mission was a sham. The murders were real

This classic sci-fi movie in the paranoid/urban legend genre along the lines of Hangar 18 (but without Darren McGavin or Teen Wolf's James Hampton), buys into the premise that the first manned landing - on Mars at least - is faked on a Hollywood soundstage. The evil government men behind the hoax announce that the space capsule burned up on reentry and the three astronauts realize that their lives aren’t worth a WIN button.
Stars Elliott Gould, James Brolin (Mr. Barbra Streisand), Hal Holbrook (who we saw awhile back here in The Fog), Sam Waterston, Karen Black, O J Simpson, Telly Savalas (don’t blink or you’ll miss his big scene), Brenda Vaccaro of "Supergirl," Denise Nicholas, David Huddleston, Robert Walden, David Doyle.
2 hours, directed by Peter Hyams, music by Star Trek’s Jerry Goldsmith. NASA actually approved the script and supplied technical advisors, which makes you wonder…
Then again, there’s a scene where astronauts on Mars do a live interview with their wives on Earth and Joe Bob notes that there would have been a 20 minute delay in real life. There you go again, ruining the movie. Alright Joe Bob, let’s have those drive-in totals:

“You guys demanded an O.J. movie, we’re delivering an O.J. movie, one of his most stirring, dramatic roles. At least, until he went on Court TV. He said more while he was puttin’ on those gloves than he does in this whole movie. Anyway, let’s watch O.J. being an actor in this flick called “Capricorn One,” that’s the story of how the evil Hal Holbrook has a master plan so that NASA won’t lose its funding. And the three astronauts who’re guinea pigs in the plan end up feeling a little exposed by the whole situation.

With Elliott Gould as the fearless investigative reporter who's trying to figure the whole thing out. I can't say any more about it, cause this one, it would be real easy to give away the plot in this one. So I'll just run down those drive-in totals. We have:

6 dead bodies
1 high-speed motor vehicle chase, with plunge off drawbridge
2 airplane chases with 1 crash-landing
1 cocaine bust
1 rattlesnake attack
Tire iron to the head
2 exploding helicopters
I give it 3 stars. Check it out. We'll be here all night checking in on the thespian exploits of O.J., roll it. Elliott Gould! Karen Black! O.J. Simpson! Brenda Vaccaro! Telly Savalas! What tells me this is a '70s movie? Now all we need is Robert Blake, and we got the perfect '70s movie.

I wanna remind you that next week we have something kinda special. It's November 22nd, the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, so we're showing a 1964 documentary called 4 Days In November, that's basically the story of the assassination and its aftermath, and the impact it had on the country. And the director of the movie, Mel Stewart, will be here with me. And also, an old Dallas reporter buddy of mine, Bob Porter, will be here. Bob was a reporter at the Dallas Times Herald when the whole thing happened, and Dallas is my home town so I've heard all these stories, but we're gonna re-hash a few of them, and it might be a kind of interesting and different night on MonsterVision.

And you're probably thinking, "Joe Bob, what does that have to do with monsters?" Well, just think of Lee Harvey Oswald as the monster! People get so upset when you try to be a little different. And if you're bored by that, you can stay up late next week, watch our second feature, which is King Kong, the 1975 version with Jessica Lange, now that's a monster. In the immortal words of Dino De Laurentiis, interviewed when the movie came out, "When monkey die, everybody cry."

"Capricorn One" is available on DVD
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Host segment transcript of 11-15-97 broadcast
©1997 Turner Network Television. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved
Original “tnt.turner.com/monstervision” archives have been erased. Mis-spellings in above restored transcription can be blamed on Bill Laidlaw, scifanscom@yahoo.com - let me know if you want to read the rest of Capricorn One host segments. I'll type them up on Dan Rather's 1972 Microsoft Word typewriter.
Cancellation of MonsterVision can be blamed on Turner’s merger with AOL.


Capricorn One was seen most recently on the SYFY Channel and on American Movie Classics

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