Writer/director Peter Hyams‘ Capricorn One is an excellent conspiracy tale following three astronauts – James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O.J Simpson (yes that O.J Simpson) – on the first manned mission to Mars. However, they didn’t really land on Mars. Due to a fault with their ship, they are in fact in a film studio in the desert filming, their “Mars walks” on a sound stage.
Elliott Gould plays an investigative journalist who suspects that the landings have been faked. Karen Black and Telly Savalas co-star.
Soon Brolin, Waterston and Simpson are on the run fighting for their lives in the desert, while Gould is trying to nail the story of the century.
The 1978 film features some great sequences. There’s a fantastic scene which sees Waterston scaling the side of a cliff which ends with a terrific pay-off and the arial action finale is brilliantly staged – it’s really edge-of-your-seat stuff.
This promotional image show James Brolin, Sam Waterston, O.J Simpson and Karen Black on the set of the 1977 film.
Capricorn One grossed $12 million at the US box office when it was released in 1978.