Shadow Conspiracy

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Shadow Conspiracy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos
Written byAdi Hasak
Ric Gibbs
Produced byAndrew G. Vajna
Buzz Feitshans
Terry Collis
CinematographyBuzz Feitshans IV
Edited byRobert A. Ferretti
Music byBruce Broughton
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution (North America/South America)
Cinergi Productions (International)
Release date
  • January 31, 1997 (1997-01-31)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$45 million
Box office$2.3 million[1]

Shadow Conspiracy is a 1997 American political thriller film starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton, and Sam Waterston.[2] It was the final film directed by George P. Cosmatos.[3] The film was poorly received by critics. It was released on DVD in the United States in November 2003 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.[4][5]


Set in Washington, D.C., this film documents an attempted power grab by White House Chief of Staff Jacob Conrad. Bobby Bishop is a special aide to the President of the United States who finds out about a plot to assassinate the President from a former professor. Bobby's old professor is murdered shortly thereafter and Bobby is left to try to uncover the conspiracy on his own. He recruits his journalist friend Amanda Givens to help him uncover the mystery and stop the assassination.



Production began in June 1995.[6] Shadow Conspiracy was filmed in 12 weeks, with most of the principal photography taking place in Richmond, Virginia, Georgetown, Washington and Baltimore, Maryland.[7]


Shadow Conspiracy was panned by critics.[8][9] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 7% based on reviews from 30 critics, and an average rating of 3.4/10. The site's critics' consensus reads: "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."[10] The film did not fare well at the box office, grossing a little over $2 million domestically.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Shadow Conspiracy". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Shadow Conspiracy". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Oliver, Myrna (April 27, 2005). "George P. Cosmatos, 64; Director Was Known for Saving Troubled Projects". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Haflidason, Almar (November 2003). "Movies, DVD This Week: 10th November 2003". BBC.
  5. ^ Wolf, Jessica (January 11, 2003). "Complete list of 2003 Movie Showcase Releases". Home Media Magazine.
  6. ^ Archerd, Army (April 28, 1995). "H'w'd elite out dining & dealing". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Goodman, Julie (August 24, 1995). "Tinseltown comes to Georgetown". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 31, 1997). "Shadow Conspiracy". The Chicago Sun-Times – via
  9. ^ Holden, Stephen (January 31, 1997). "Shadow Conspiracy". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "Shadow Conspiracy (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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