Capricorn One

Capricorn One (1977)

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Corrected entry: 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. NASA have painted themselves into a corner and that is not something they would have failed to realise well in advance.

PEDAUNT

Correction: Since NASA faked the whole thing, there would be cover-ups involved. One of the cover-ups would involve not allowing anyone access to anything "recovered" from Mars. And anything that they would plan on doing is beyond the scope of the plot. But there's a number of other things that they could plan on doing to keep up the ruse. Such as put out fake reports from public scientist who "examined" the material or simply state it was lost.

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.

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The whole conspiracy is doomed from the start! They show a Lunar Module on the set representing Mars; the astronauts were supposed to use this to 'land' on the Martian surface. This is insane. The Lunar Excursion Module cannot operate in an atmosphere; it would burn up on entry. It has no heat shield - the engine nozzle and landing legs would have to poke through it if it had. Exterior protrusions like antennae and steering engines would burn off during descent through the Martian atmosphere. While Mars' atmosphere is thin, it is still more than sufficient to burn up a Lander designed this way. All three recent Mars Landers, Spirit, Opportunity, and Phoenix, had heat shields and parachutes to facilitate safe re-entry. This is not a radical redesign of the LEM; it simply cannot be the shape it is if it is to work in an atmosphere. Any schoolkid would know that, and the world's media would not be fooled for a second.

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