The first manned space flight to Mars is just about to launch when the crew is suddenly taken off the Capricorn One. It seems there's a malfunctioning part that would prove fatal to the space program's funding (and the astronauts, as well). But the director has a plan to make everything alright...or not.
I saw this movie in 1978, and absolutely loved it; watching it again did not disappoint in any way. It's edge-of-your-seat exciting from start to finish. Elliot Gould is perfectly cast as a reporter who suspects foul play, James Brolin plays a likable astronaut, and Hal Holbrook is unforgettable as the sinister mastermind behind the hoax.
The desert photography is impressive as is the Jerry Goldsmith score. This story is still riveting (and plausible); the clever and terrifying script has one of the best final scenes ever and still makes me a little nervous when I see a helicopter. Recommended!
Sam Waterston, James Brolin, and O.J. Simpson are in big trouble.