Capricorn One

Capricorn One (1977)

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Corrected entry: Wouldn't they travel in the desert at night? Not only would this conserve water but because they are astronauts they should know constellations, their flares would be seen from further away, and they would be much harder to find by helicopters. They would also be able to see near by towns and traffic better from light pollution.

Correction: This is more a question than a mistake. They're running for their lives, so the "logical" course of action may not be what they choose.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: Stated in the early part of the movie, several times, it takes we minutes for a radio transmission to travel between Earth and Mars. but the astronauts carry on a real time conversation with their wives from the surface of Mars. Wouldn't this have immediately blown the conspiracy? Would NASA ever screw up that bad on such a simple detail?

Dave Messer

Correction: Like The Martian and others, the assumption is that the long waits between messages are cut out, because watching a lot of people waiting doesn't make for good cinema.

Corrected entry: During the crop-duster chase with the helicopters, the interior of the filming helo is visible on the left side of the frame for a brief moment. Very noticeable.

Correction: The inside of the helo is the inside of the second chase helo.

Corrected entry: When the three Astronauts crash the Lear jet in the desert, on the outside shots of them walking in their separate directions, there are no marks behind the jet to show that it skidded across the surface where it stopped.

Correction: The fine desert dust would have been easily capable of settling back down and covering such tracks. Also a possibility, is that the surface was too hard to make tracks in in the first place.

Corrected entry: During a rocket/shuttle takeoff, no vehicle or flying aircraft is allowed anywhere near, yet during the last five minutes of the countdown, a van picks up the astronauts and drives them to a helicopter. The helicopter couldn't be very far away because of the short time left on the countdown, and the helicopter could never have stealthily flown off or be allowed to fly off without NASA radar picking it up, never mind the flight to the Lear jet.

Correction: Key NASA personnel had to be in on the conspiracy. The radar was just ignored.

Rlvlk

Corrected entry: Elliot Gould who plays the character of Caulfield is very obviously not a smoker. When he is travelling in his girlfriends car after being released from jail, he doesn't once smoke his cigarette despite it being in his mouth for much of the conversation in the car. When he gets out of the car, he takes a drag from the cigarette, but again, as he's not a smoker in his real life, the smoke is blown straight back out of his mouth.

Correction: Perhaps his character is trying to quit smoking. A friend, who was trying to quit, used to have a cigar or cigarette in his mouth, often unlit, in an attempt to cut down and eventually quit smoking. The same applies for inhaling.

Plot hole: The "death" of the three astronauts and the requirement to then fake the whole scenario of the failed mission was obviously unplanned - it came about because of an unexpected computer glitch which reported that they had burned up on reentry, causing a mad scramble to cover up the fake mission and kill the astronauts. Obviously it was planned to have the astronauts "return" to Earth as heroes after their supposed trip to Mars, maintaining their deception (under threat if necessary) for the rest of their lives. One problem. Every scientist on earth would be champing at the bit to get their hands on a sample of Martian rock. Samples would be worth billions, worth far more than Moon rocks are worth today. How was NASA going to explain they didn't have any? They could not possibly fake the rocks - Martian soil and rocks would have a number of identifiable characteristics that a smart first year college student could identify. Using Martian meteorites collected from the Earth's surface won't work, either - prolonged exposure to the Earth's atmosphere would leave tell tale weathering and chemical changes that would be instantly detectable. NASA have painted themselves into a corner and that is not something they would have failed to realise well in advance.

PEDAUNT
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Suggested correction: They could use meteors that had landed on Earth. This is one of the theories for the "faked" moon landing, that they either created the moon rocks from scratch, or collected meteors. As for the death of the astronauts, that's not a plot hole, it's the plot of the movie; the powers that be wanted the men to fake everything and return as heroes. When they wouldn't play along, it was decided they needed to be eliminated.

Jason Hoffman

It is clear from the narrative of the film that it was planned that the astronauts would "land" safely. Using meteorites would not work - exposure to the Earth's atmosphere would mean (and has meant) that the rocks would show weathering and chemical changes that anyone would be able to detect.

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Walter Loughlin: You're not crazy, I'm crazy. I'm crazy for listening and I'm crazy for saying what I'm about to say. I'll give you twenty four hours to come up with something. Not forty eight. I saw the movie too, it was twenty four.

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