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 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Totally great dialogue!

Kellaway: "People were calling up the networks and bitching because reruns of I LOVE LUCY were canceled, Reruns for Chrissake! I could understand if it was the New Lucy Show, but RERUNS!!!"

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Great film, great score. Loved it as a kid and watched it again only a few weeks ago.

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

But we're still post-Watergate, know what I mean? There are real things happening in that-area-we're-not-supposed-to-discuss that fall right in with the same cynicism, only it's not pop-culture now, it's current events.

I can't believe anyone connected with this film regarded it as anything but a fun goof, including the hyper-paranoid "what if?" story idea. Goldsmith's sincerity makes it all even more fun.


Agreed. What is HAL 9000 if not a piece of technology driven insane by its own hyper-paranoia. Ultimately, HAL was a metaphor for what humankind's technology would make of it. Sadly, an accurate vision presently. Not permanently, I hope.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

There's a brilliant idea I like very much : we don't know what happens to O.J. Simpson's character. We just see a distress rocket but we don't know how and why he got caught. That's very effective because it increases the threatening general mood.

There's a similar effective "trick" in Clouzot's WAGES OF FEAR.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

My associations with this film are:

!. Seeing it on TV not too long after its theatrical release; and
2. My cat peeing on my copy of the LP. (I since found another copy).

She was an awesome cat. That was the only bad thing she ever did, and I miss her so much.


May she just wasn't a Goldsmith fan? Did she ever pee on a Williams or Bernstein record?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



May she just wasn't a Goldsmith fan? Did she ever pee on a Williams or Bernstein record?


It was the only time this ever happened. The LP was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time. (No, I didn't leave it in the letter box.) wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   RedOkt64 2.0   (Member)

Saw this movie with my cousins back in 1978 when it was released. The audience was wired. Had a blast for a "spot the star" movie. Yes, corny at times... but, extremely well done with Peter Hyams in top form.

Great action sequences and a superb score by Jerry Goldsmith.

We were humming the theme as we left the theater.

Fond memories.

Just watched it recently and it's lost non of it's "Popcorn" fun.

smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Certainly one of those films that was taken up a notch by the score.
i think it was one of that ITC batch we have discussed on here before.
i would like to see it again, not least so i can sort out my jallopy pilots and differentiate between Telly Savalas and the mad old bag from silver streak!!
i do recall - spoiler - the end scene with the astronaut running across the graveyard and Jerrys music in full flow.

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Definitely one of my all-time favorites. I thought Waterston and Doyle stole the show. Waterston’s “Long Climb” sequence was awesome. I wonder how much of the dialogue from the film was improvised. I’ve always thought that scene in particular may have been. And the score, one of Goldsmith’s best. I remember watching a Chopsocky (Kung Fu) flick several years later, don’t remember the name, in which this score and bits from “Alien” were used. Oddly enough, the Capricorn One score actually worked pretty well. Someone in the production dept. must have been a Goldsmith fan.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

I enjoy this movie (surprised it hasn't been remade... yet), but I sometimes have issues with Hyams' ineloquent exposition. One wonders what other screenwriters think of Hal Holbrook's 5-minute monologue at the beginning... I imagine most movies wouldn't think of doing that.

I feel similarly about 2010, another movie I enjoy, but Roy Scheider's voice-overs are a bit much. His letters to his wife, his letters to the science administrator, the science administrator's letters to him, etc. And each time, we're told, "Something incredible is happening up there/over there/down there."

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

I enjoy this movie (surprised it hasn't been remade... yet)...

Agreed. Surprised...and glad! Please, don't!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

I remember how disappointed I was when I rushed out to buy the sountrack album right after seeing the film and found it lacked the dramatic punch of the music as heard in the film. The Intrada release was a dream come true.

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Capricorn One is a chase movie. The faked Mars Landing conspiracy is little more than a McGuffin (an especially compelling one, but a mere McGuffin none the less).

Repeat viewings tend to show up the weaknesses in the story (esp between seeing it as a kid and watching it again much later).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Capricorn One is a chase movie. The faked Mars Landing conspiracy is little more than a McGuffin (an especially compelling one, but a mere McGuffin none the less).

Repeat viewings tend to show up the weaknesses in the story (esp between seeing it as a kid and watching it again much later).


Agreed ... I recall when I saw it at the cinema on its release that I asked myself, at the end, "Is that it ... ?" I know that I went to see it expecting a lot more about the conspiracy, whereas the second half of the film is purely a chase movie.

And I'm not that mad on the score. It certainly doesn't rate in the Maestro's Top 20 (50?) for me.

Mitch.

 
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