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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writer:

Brian Helgeland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Jerry Fletcher
Julia Roberts ... Alice Sutton
Patrick Stewart ... Dr. Jonas
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Agent Lowry
Steve Kahan ... Wilson (as Stephen Kahan)
Terry Alexander ... Flip
Alex McArthur ... Cynic
Rod McLachlan ... Justice Guard
Michael Potts ... Justice Guard
Jim Sterling ... Justice Guard
Rich Hebert Rich Hebert ... Public Works Man
Brian J. Williams ... Clarke
G.A. Aguilar G.A. Aguilar ... Piper
Cece Neber Labao Cece Neber Labao ... Finch's Secretary
Saxon Trainor ... Alice's Secretary
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Storyline

Jerry Fletcher is a man in love with a woman he observes from afar. She works for the government. Fletcher is an outspoken critic of that government. He has conspiracy theories for everything, from aliens to political assassinations. But soon, one of his theories finds itself to be accurate. But which one? Some dangerous people want him dead, and the only person he trusts is the woman he loves, but does not know. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What if your most paranoid nightmares had just come true? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiracy Theory See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,313,566, 10 August 1997

Gross USA:

$75,982,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,982,834
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie makes references to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. In this movie, Jerry evades capture by running from a Barnes and Noble bookstore and seeks sanctuary in a theater. This is a reference to Oswald, who ran from a book depository and hid in a theater after the assassination. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry leaves Alice on the train and Alice gets a phone call on her mobile phone, she is still in the subway. Mobile phone technology of the day dictates that calls can not be completed when underground in the subway. She would not have a signal to receive or make a call. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Fletcher: July eighth, 1979, all the fathers of Nobel Prize winners were rounded up by United Nations military units, all right, and actually forced at gunpoint to give semen samples in little plastic jars, which are now stored below Rockefeller Center underneath the ice skating rink...
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Crazy Credits

The initial Warner Bros. logo with the clouds behind is shown - the camera then pulls back to show the logo as a billboard on the side of a bus. See more »


Soundtracks

Just Maintain
Written by Xzibit (as Alvin Joiner), Gloriree Rodriguez and Eric Brooks
Performed by Xzibit
Courtesy of Loud Records
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Mel Gibson wonderful, chemistry with Julia Roberts tops
27 December 2000 | by eb999See all my reviews

The thing that stands out for me in this movie is the wonderful (and underrated) performance given by Mel Gibson. His part calls for an uneasy balance between a paranoid psychotic and romantic leading man and he treds that fine line beautifully. Despite all his craziness, he is totally likeable and his relationship with the Julia Roberts character is wonderfully complex and believable. Julia Roberts also gives an excellent performance and the chemistry between the two leads is perfect.

All in all, I loved this film and didn't understand why it was so underrated by the critics.


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