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
with 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 $2,312,463.[1]

Shadow Conspiracy is a 1997 political thriller film starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton and Sam Waterston. It was the final film directed by George P. Cosmatos, who died in 2005.[2] The film was poorly received by critics and was released on DVD in the United States, in November 2003 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.[3][4] 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 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 (Linda Hamilton) to help him uncover the mystery and stop the assassination.



The film received negative reviews from critics,[5][6] with Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a 0% rating.[7] Shadow Conspiracy did not fare well at the box office, grossing a little over $2 million domestically.[1]

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.


  1. ^ a b "Shadow Conspiracy". Box Office Mojo. 
  2. ^ Myrna Oliver (April 27, 2005). "George P. Cosmatos, 64; Director Was Known for Saving Troubled Projects". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Almar Haflidason (November 2003). "Movies, DVD This Week: 10th November 2003". BBC. 
  4. ^ Jessica Wolf (January 11, 2003). "Complete list of 2003 Movie Showcase Releases". Home Media Magazine. 
  5. ^ Roger Ebert (January 31, 1997). "Shadow Conspiracy". Roger Ebert. 
  6. ^ Stephen Holden (January 31, 1997). "Shadow Conspiracy". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Shadow Conspiracy (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. 

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