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      Shadow Conspiracy

      R Released Jan 31, 1997 1 hr. 43 min. Mystery & Thriller Action List
      7% 30 Reviews Tomatometer 17% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Presidential aide Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) runs into an old professor who tells him of a secret plot to assassinate the president (Sam Waterston). But before Bobby can learn anything more, his friend is shot and killed. Bobby turns to Amanda Givens (Linda Hamilton), an old friend who works as a reporter at an influential newspaper. After they uncover a conspiracy to kill many high-level government officials, they must race against time to stop a murderer. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 20 Buy Now

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      Rather than exciting audiences with a thrilling race against time, Shadow Conspiracy suggests there may be a secret cabal duping talented actors into selecting woefully deficient scripts.

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      Charles T A very good action director teams with a big name cast to create one of the silliest political conspiracy films ever made. Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) is a hot-shot special assistant to the President (Sam Waterston). He wheels, he deals, he charms, and everybody in Washington, D. C. loves him so much you expect adoption proceedings to begin. His boss, Chief of Staff Conrad (Donald Sutherland) speaks of him with both eyes twinkling, while gruff Vice President Saxon (Ben Gazzara) is put off by his shenanigans. One of Bobby's old professors escapes from a house where almost half a dozen of his colleagues are killed by one man (Stephen Lang). The professor has information for Bobby about a shadow government operating in the White House, but is killed by the assassin before he can offer any more help. Bishop is on the run, helped by spunky reporter Amanda (a miscast Linda Hamilton). Everywhere Bobby and Amanda run, the killer is close behind, until the film reveals the true members behind the conspiracy- about an hour after the viewer has figured it out. This had the makings of a first class political suspenser along the lines of "The Manchurian Candidate" or "Seven Days in May." In addition to the cast mentioned above, check out some more names from the end credits: Charles Cioffi, Nicholas Turturro, Theodore Bikel, Gore Vidal, Paul Gleason, and Terry O'Quinn. If their names are not familiar, their faces will be. This kind of experienced cast, and writer Vidal, should have known better. The script is nothing more than Hamilton and Sheen running around Washington, D. C. locations while Lang shoots at them with more ammo than Rambo's gun cabinet- and misses. Incredible holes abound in the screenplay: ace reporter Amanda's first question at a White House press conference is asked as she struts down the press corps room aisle like she was being shown to her seat at a Mets game. Even though she is a top reporter at a big D. C. paper, she has no idea the professor and others have been killed in a giant gun fight in the middle of Georgetown. Bobby and Amanda sneak into the White House, where apparently the Chief of Staff feels no need to lock his office doors. Bobby almost has the entire conspiracy recorded on tape...until he drops the evidence in the river. The finale involves the assassination of a major political figure using a remote control toy. Cosmatos shoots a crisp picture here, but he goes overboard on closeups, and matte shots- where one subject is close to the camera, there is some blurriness in the middle of the screen, and the background subject is also in focus. The music sounds like the incidental score to "Star Wars." In the face of all this goofiness, the cast is lost. Sheen enters every scene out of breath. Gazzara is so grizzled as the vice-president, I cannot imagine him on any political ticket- he makes Joe Biden and Dick Cheney appear cuddly. Waterston is vacuous as the president, why Bobby chooses to remain loyal to him is beyond me. Stephen Lang is so much better than given credit for, but he can do nothing with a bad role. "Shadow Conspiracy" is so serious in its intentions, it turns into an unintentional comedy. The cast and crew should have known better, and now you do. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 07/17/23 Full Review steve d dopey thriller with a terrible script. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member There was an audience review mentioning it being bad because Cosmatos not only directed this, but also directed Rambo III. Absolutely false. He did not direct Rambo III (he directed II), and he is not to blame for this disaster. Charlie Sheen is the one responsible for this mess by over stepping his bounds and rewriting large parts of the script. Cosmatos didn't even finish the filming of this movie, going to the hospital of exhaustion. It is a shame that his legacy is tarnished by Sheen. Look at Cosmatos' other work and judge for yourself. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting. Will watch anything with Devastating Donald Sutherland. 1 of 2 movies with Charlie in, that I will watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review dave j Charlie Sheen's second conspiracy theory movie with the first one called "The Arrival". He plays gov't aid Bobby Bishop stumbling on one involving the political caucus that he works with Amanda Givens(Linda Hunt) to help him. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review william s Straight to the trash heap for this stinker. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: D Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader Bland, interminable chase scenes take up so much of the story -- the hackneyed plot doesn't need much exposition -- that the sheer repetitiveness begins to amaze you. Jul 28, 2009 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan Time Out Sadly, Sheen doesn't even look profound. Like a zombie who's spent too much time in the gym, he blunders heavily from one stunt to the next, his pursed lips conveying nothing more than pique. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a somewhat sluggish thriller that never becomes quite as engrossing or enthralling as one might’ve hoped... Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 10, 2023 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...what's truly surprising is that this terrific cast was assembled to deliver such a crazy message... Rated: 3/5 Dec 4, 2021 Full Review Maitland McDonagh TV Guide Corpses pile up, dreadful secrets are uncovered, and Bishop eventually gets to the bottom of things, a full hour after the least attentive viewer will have figured out who's behind it all. Rated: 2/4 Jul 28, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Presidential aide Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) runs into an old professor who tells him of a secret plot to assassinate the president (Sam Waterston). But before Bobby can learn anything more, his friend is shot and killed. Bobby turns to Amanda Givens (Linda Hamilton), an old friend who works as a reporter at an influential newspaper. After they uncover a conspiracy to kill many high-level government officials, they must race against time to stop a murderer.
      Director
      George P. Cosmatos
      Executive Producer
      Buzz Feitshans, Andrew G. Vajna
      Screenwriter
      Adi Hasak, Ric Gibbs
      Distributor
      Buena Vista Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 31, 1997, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.3M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, SDDS, Dolby Digital
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