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Conspiracy Theory [1997] (1 disc)
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Director:Richard Donner
Writer:Brian Helgeland
Composer:Carter Burwell
Length:135 minutes
(2 hours 15 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Thriller
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:48%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A taxi driver with problems is convinced the government is out to get him, or worse.


Reaction: This is a fast paced film filled with action and—primarily—intrigue.


Personal Rating: 8/10


Highlights
"I'm only paranoid because they want me dead."

Select Cast and Crew
Richard Donner => Director / Cab Passenger (uncredited)
Brian Helgeland => Writer
Carter Burwell => Composer
Joel Silver => Producer
Alex McArthur => Cynic
Cylk Cozart => Agent Lowry
Donal Gibson => Doctor in Roosevelt Hospital
Julia Roberts => Alice Sutton
Leonard Jackson => Old Man in Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Mel Gibson => Jerry Fletcher
Patrick Stewart => Dr. Jonas
Peter Jacobson => Surveillance Operator
Saxon Trainor => Alice's Secretary
Steve Kahan => Mr. Wilson (as Stephen Kahan)
Terry Alexander => Flip

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jodie Foster was initially offered the role of Alice.
  • Jerry runs into a theatre showing Ladyhawke, also directed by Richard Donner.
  • Jerry's cab is numbered 1S48. The bus that Jerry hooks up to the fruit cart is 1648. This is a tribute to stuntman [?] Harry Wowchuk who worked on this movie and who was born on October 16, 1948 and who has worked with Richard Donner and Joel Silver on three movies.
  • The doctor who lets Julia Roberts into the restricted area to see Mel Gibson handcuffed to the bed is Gibson's younger brother Donal Gibson.
  • The character names "Dr. Jonas" (Patrick Stewart), and "Agent Lowry" (Cylk Cozart), were both named after British character actor Morton Lowry, who portrayed the school teacher Mr. Jonas in How Green Was My Valley.
  • When Jerry is in the hospital for the first time (where he writes the word Geronimo on the wall), the room number on the hospital door is briefly visible: 322. This number is well-known in conspiracy circles as being the address of the Skull & Bones society at Yale University, which is said to have the skull of Geronimo in its possession.
  • In the movie several times an earthquake is referenced that took place in southern coast with a magnitude of 7.3 during a presidential visit. There indeed happened a 7.3 earthquake in North-West part of Turkey in 1999, just to be followed by a presidential visit.
  • Director Cameo: [Richard Donner] Jerry's cab passenger in the opening credits.
  • According to director Richard Donner, Mel Gibson improvised the opening scenes in which his character expounds his conspiracy theories to a succession of passengers.