Shadow Conspiracy

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Shadow Conspiracy
Shadow conspiracy post.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by George P. Cosmatos
Produced by Andrew G. Vajna
Buzz Feitshans
Terry Collis
Written by Adi Hasak
Ric Gibbs
Starring Charlie Sheen
Donald Sutherland
Linda Hamilton
Stephen Lang
Ben Gazzara
Sam Waterston
Music by Bruce Broughton
Cinematography Buzz Feitshans IV
Edited by Robert A. Ferretti
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • January 31, 1997 (1997-01-31)
Running time
103 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 million
Box office $2,154,540

Shadow Conspiracy is a 1997 political thriller film starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland and Linda Hamilton. Sam Waterston, famous for his role as a district attorney in Law & Order, appears in the film as the president of the United States. It is the final film directed by George P. Cosmatos, who died of lung cancer in 2005. The film was poorly received by critics and was a box office bomb, and as of 2014, the film has never been released on either DVD or Blu-ray in the United States, though it did get a DVD release overseas. Principal photography took place in Richmond, Virginia.


Set in Washington D.C., this film documents an attempted power grab by White House Chief of Staff Jacob Conrad (Donald Sutherland). Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) is a special aide to the president, and finds out about a plot to assassinate the president from a former professor. Bobby's old professor is quickly murdered, and he is left to try to uncover the conspiracy on his own. He recruits his journalist friend Amanda Givens (Linda Hamilton) to help him uncover the mystery and stop the assassination.



The film received extremely negative reviews from critics with Rotten Tomatoes giving this a film a rare 0% rating based on 28 reviews. Shadow Conspiracy was a gigantic flop at the box office, grossing less than $2 million domestically and was soon pulled from theaters due to lack of publicity.

Marine One[edit]

When the US Secret Service would not allow the filmmakers to land their UH-1 Huey on the South Lawn, they used stock footage of the President's helicopter, Marine One, landing instead.

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