Conspiracy Theory

August 8, 1997 0 By Fans
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A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.6/10 (43,660 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Richard Donner

Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart

Jerry Fletcher is a man in love with a woman he observes from afar. She works for the government. Fletcher is an outspoken critic of that government. He has conspiracy theories for everything, from aliens to political assassinations. But soon, one of his theories finds itself to be accurate. But which one? Some dangerous people want him dead and the only person he trusts is that woman he loves but does not know.


Mel Gibson

Jerry Fletcher

Julia Roberts

Alice Sutton

Patrick Stewart

Dr. Jonas

Cylk Cozart

Agent Lowry

Steve Kahan

Mr. Wilson

(as Stephen Kahan)

Terry Alexander


Alex McArthur


Rod McLachlan

Justice Guard

Michael Potts

Justice Guard

Jim Sterling

Justice Guard

Rich Hebert

Public Works Man

Brian J. Williams


G.A. Aguilar


Cece Neber Labao

Henry Finch's Secretary

Saxon Trainor

Alice's Secretary

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.


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Release Date: 8 August 1997

Filming Locations: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000


Opening Weekend: $19,313,566
(10 August 1997)
(2806 Screens)

Gross: $76,081,498
(23 November 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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.


When Jerry pauses before getting into the car on the bridge, you can see that the steering wheel has a leather-wrap cover. When they drive away, the wheel is bare.


[first lines]

Jerry Fletcher:
July eighth, 1979, all the fathers of Nobel Prize winners were rounded up by United Nations military units, all right, and actually forced at gunpoint to give semen samples in little plastic jars, which are now stored below Rockefeller Center underneath the ice skating rink…

User Review



This movie could be classified into different genres – suspense, romance &
thriller. Not many films can say that, or if they can, many do not
Conspiracy Theory, however, did.

The first time I saw this, I was on the edge of my seat. It was very
suspensful. I won't go into details if you haven't seen it, but it's
one of the best suspense films I've seen.

This wasn't a completely romantic film, no. In fact, I wish it would've
touched on the romance more than it did. Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts had
great chemistry. Although nothing really happened between them, the
audience could clearly see Jerry's (Mel Gibson)love for Alice (Julia

Now, the plot. Jerry Fletcher has many wild conspiracy theories –
one that NASA is trying to kill the President with earthquakes. He's a
cabbie & tells lots of people his ideas. But the one person he seems to
tell the most to and thinks can help him is Alice Sutton, an attorney. He
saved her months before the movie takes place when she was mugged. He
to get on her nerves, but she puts up with him. He goes to her office all
the time. He's obviously in love with her, but she doesn't feel the same
way. Well, somehow "they" (CIA, FBI, you know "they") find out about
Jerry's crazy conspiracies & they go after him. He and Alice are in

The acting in this movie was terrific. This may be Mel's best. His
portrayal of a crazy cabbie was so good and believable. It's not really
like any other role he has played. He did it so well & the audience
sympathized with him completely. Julia was good too. Her role wasn't
really difficult to play, but she made it believably nevertheless.
Stewart also stars in this. He made a great bad guy.

Overall, this movie was great. It was very suspensful & the acting was