Really love this movie. Peter Hyams had such a way with dialogue. The film's chock full of it.
Another thing I noticed a couple of viewings ago: the scene where Kellaway gets the call about Willis being taken care of. One half of the screen is a picture of Bru and Kellaway laughing; they're good friends. The other half is Kellaway on the phone essentially sentencing his good friend to death. A marvelous directorial flourish.
Arthur C. Clarke was very offended at the thought that a plot about a corrupt US Senator compelling NASA to fake a Mars landing was taken seriously.
I have to wonder what he means by "seriously." Sure, they produced a good-sized-budgeted film of the story, but it's one of the silliest adventures ever filmed. In reading about it over the years, I've noticed many consider it a product of post-Watergate cynicism in pop culture. 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.