Conspiracy Theory

Warner Bros. Released 1997




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Richard Donner

Jerry Fletcher is a taxi driver who obsesses over conspiracies and recites his theories to passengers. In his spare time, he publishes a newsletter that boasts five subscribers. During a visit with his friend Alice Sutton, a government attorney he is secretly in love with, Jerry reveals his latest theory: NASA is developing a weapon to kill the President. As he is leaving, he notices and trails a group of CIA agents, who kidnap him and knock him unconscious. When he wakes, Jerry finds himself tied to a wheelchair and trapped in a room with a doctor (Patrick Stewart) who drugs and tortures him. While hallucinating, Jerry remembers that the doctor has interrogated him before and manages to escape. With Alice also in danger, Jerry must discover which of his theories has provoked the government to seek him out.


Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The only sneaky scheme at work here is the one that inflates a hollow plot to fill 2 1/4 hours while banishing skepticism with endless close-ups of big, beautiful movie-star eyes.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A below-par star vehicle for Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, Conspiracy Theory is a sporadically amusing but listless thriller that wears its humorous, romantic and political compone...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It might even have made a good film, but it hasn't. In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come o...

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    • Production Budget - $80,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $75,982,834 (19th)
      Worldwide Gross - $136,982,834 (29th)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $135,080,594
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $243,525,038

    • Filming locations include:
      New York City, New York
      Roosevelt Island, New York City, New York
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Valhalla, New York

    • Other production companies:
      Silver Pictures

    • Taglines:
      1. Jerry Fletcher sees conspiracies everywhere. One has turned out to be true. Now his enemies want him dead. And she's the only one he can trust.
      2. What you know could kill you.
      3. What if your most paranoid nightmares had just come true?

    • Music:
      Can't Take My Eyes Off You
      Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
      Performed by Frankie Valli
      Just Maintain
      Written by Xzibit, Gloriree Rodriguez and Eric Brooks
      Performed by Xzibit
      Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
      Written by Sting
      Roto-Rooter Jingle
      Written by Captain Stubby and The Buccaneers
      Can't Take My Eyes Off You
      Performed by Lauryn Hill


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