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Different Strokes

If ever there was a movie that didn't need to be remade (or even made in the first place), it was Capricorn One. I was living in Tucson, doing some volunteer work for the L-5 Society, when it came out, and a group of us space nuts went to see it. We were appalled.

But Dwayne Day, for some unaccountable reason, seems to have liked it.

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 19, 2007 06:32 AM
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Comments come on think of the possiblities of a remake...

OJ could redo his role, except this time "the glove could fit"...and Lisa Nowak could make a "real life" appearance as being in charge of the NASA hit teams...She has practice so can bring a real life twinge to it disguises, modes of operation, how to do the perp walk...

Think of the "Off set" moments. Nowak and Simpson exchanging information on techniques...


Posted by Robert G. Oler at February 19, 2007 07:59 AM

It could be set on the Moon this time to satisfy the conspiracy nuts. O.J. could continue his search for Nicole's killer there.

Posted by lmg at February 19, 2007 10:01 AM

With the big boom in 9-11 truthers, a remake would have a built in audience. Politics as usual these days is if you don't have actual evidence that a conspiracy exists, invent one anyway. As Oliver Stone knows, it's nearly as good and keeps your fringe elements energized.

Besides, it's retribution time for the role of the military industrial complex in forcing us into Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq 1 and 2. Time to lay the media groundwork for the upcoming massive defense cuts.

Posted by K at February 19, 2007 10:27 AM

What was the movie...Badlands, OUtland?...set on IO in a mining colony?

It had everything that this one could have even a good actor with bad writing...this one could just be bad actors with bad writing...

Or...thinking here, maybe it could be set at NASA HQ...and the conspiracy could revolve around "a return to the MOON"? NASA Is taking 20 years to redo Apollo.


Posted by Robert G. Oler at February 19, 2007 11:37 AM

Yuck. What is it with Hollywood and a lack of ideas that they have to back to that stinker? Or is could they be redoing it in such a way to bash the bad old US of A?

Posted by Greg at February 19, 2007 11:44 AM

Outland and Capricorn were both good, I think. In Outland you got closer to the great danger as supposed supporters turned away from Sean Connery, until he was left with an old battle scarred nurse, as his only ally.
Capricorn was very good. Lots of little scenes like when his editor takes him out of jail and fires him. But he's a true believe and won't be driven off what he believes.

Posted by Norm at February 19, 2007 01:19 PM

God help us.

Don't they have _any_ new ideas in Hollywood? I'm a writer; I come up with ideas all the time. I'd _give_ any studio a new film idea _every day_, for _free_, if they'd just promise not to keep making the same God-damned movies over and over again.

Posted by Cambias at February 19, 2007 03:30 PM

My prediction is that it'll suck so badly it'll disappear into it's own mini-black hole.

Posted by Frantic Freddie at February 19, 2007 04:29 PM

Outland was a good flick. Basically "High Noon" meets "Rio Lobo" set on a mining colony on Io. Sean Connery as Gary Cooper, not to bad at all.

"Capricorn One" on the other hand was long, boring, badly shot, badly acted, badly conceived and I just ate so I'll stop thinking about it now.

Posted by Steve at February 19, 2007 04:54 PM

'Capricorn One' sounds like the name of a cereal. "Provides a healthy daily dose of skepticism for even the most loyal believers."

Posted by Josh Reiter at February 19, 2007 06:54 PM

I don't remember very many of the movies I saw as a child. For the most part, they were forgettable; my parents didn't have great taste in movies. I remember Capricorn One. Or should I say, I still have the scars? It was so bad, I have remembered only two things about it: the title, and the burning desire to never see it again.

Posted by Jeff Medcalf at February 19, 2007 07:10 PM

Capricon 1 and Planet of the Apes, together, as a whole, was one of the best set movies ever made. The original crew of Planet of the Apes, and the C1 team could have landed at the same spot. Imagine!! Did you see those reentry vehicle!!

Posted by at February 19, 2007 10:39 PM

Capricorn One started the "black helicopter" meme - check out the movie poster on this page.

Posted by Alan K. Henderson at February 20, 2007 12:06 AM

Some of my college friends regarded "Capricorn One as a documentary. The same people now think of "Loose Change" the same way.

Posted by Don Parker at February 20, 2007 03:28 AM

Rand, WHEN is your (and Bill Whittle's) movie coming out?

Posted by at February 20, 2007 06:43 AM


Please make sure your friends have that line: "Sir, do you want fries with that?" down pat. They are gonna need it.

Posted by Mike Puckett at February 20, 2007 08:45 AM


Unfortunately they are now professors at various colleges, mostly in the social sciences, but two are engineering profs. Sigh.

Posted by Don at February 20, 2007 10:15 AM

Please make sure your friends have that line: "Sir, do you want fries with that?" down pat. They are gonna need it.

No, no, no. You've got it wrong. That line is for high school grads. For most social sciences/political science (oxymoron) types, they can expect better career prospects. They need to learn how to say, "Do you want a muffin with your latte?"

Posted by Larry J at February 20, 2007 11:44 AM

We need to get Rand to watch PlaneteS. It was reviewed on The Space Review for crying out loud. That makes it as legitimate as they come.

Posted by Pete Zaitcev at February 20, 2007 11:49 AM

This is an ignorant blog.

Posted by What? at February 20, 2007 10:34 PM

robert oler is a sick person. He is a dreamer and a liar. He talks a big talk and says he has done all of these wonderful things like being a Navy Pilot and such. No, he makes all of this up. I know. He had me going for a long time. He needs serious help!

Posted by julie at August 22, 2007 07:57 PM

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