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Story

Thanks to repeated showings on cable television and home video, this speculative thriller has built quite a loyal following since its release in 1978. The provocative "what if?" scenario still packs a punch, even if it is not always believable. James Brolin, Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson star as three astronauts who agree to spare the government embarrassment by faking their historic landing on Mars after their spacecraft is determined to be unsafe for blastoff. When a scheming mission controller (Hal Holbrook) plots to kill the astronauts in a staged capsule fire, the trio embarks on a dangerous mission to expose the truth. Elliott Gould costars as the journalist determined to crack the conspiracy, and director Peter Hyams turns up the tension with an exciting chase sequence involving Telly Savalas as an eccentric barnstormer who comes to Gould's aid in his attempt rescue the hoax mission's sole survivor. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Elliott GouldRobert Caulfield
James BrolinCharles Brubaker
Brenda VaccaroKay Brubaker
Sam WaterstonPeter Willis
O.J. SimpsonJohn Walker
Hal HolbrookDr. James Kelloway
Karen BlackJudy Drinkwater
Telly SavalasAlbain
David HuddlestonHollis Peaker
David DoyleWalter Loughlin
Lee BryantSharon Willis
Denise NicholasBetty Walker
Robert WaldenElliot Whitter
James SikkingControl Room Man
Alan FudgeCapsule Communicator
James KarenVice President Price
Norman BartoldPresident

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Peter Hyams
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 123 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 1, 1978
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 17, 1998
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