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Conspiracy is a 2008 American action thriller film written and directed by Adam Marcus and stars Val Kilmer and Jennifer Esposito. The film is influenced by the classic western film noir thriller Bad Day at Black Rock (1955),[1] which itself was an adaptation of a short story "Bad Time at Honda" by Howard Breslin. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on March 18, 2008.

Directed byAdam Marcus
Produced byGilbert Dumontet
Ira Posnansky
Alison Semenza
Written byAdam Marcus
Debra Sullivan
StarringVal Kilmer
Gary Cole
Jennifer Esposito
Jay Jablonski
Greg Serano
Music bySujin Nam
CinematographyBen Weinstein
Edited byEric L. Beason
Hollywood Media Bridge
Stage 6 Films
Distributed bySony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8 million

Whilst Bad Day at Black Rock tells the story of wounded World War II vet John J. MacReedy, Conspiracy revolves around William "Spooky" MacPherson, a disabled special operations marine wounded during combat operations in Iraq. When MacPherson decides to visit a friend on a ranch in the southwest, he discovers that his friend has disappeared, and no one will acknowledge that he ever lived there.

The film was shot in Galisteo, New Mexico in 30 days on April 19 and May 19, 2007.[2]


  • Val Kilmer as MacPherson
  • Gary Cole as Rhodes
  • Jennifer Esposito as Joanna
  • Jay Jablonski as Deputy Foster
  • Greg Serano as Miguel Silva
  • Stacy Marie Warden as Carly
  • Christopher Gehrman as E. B.
  • Bob Rumnock as Sheriff Bock
  • Jude B. Lanston as Sergeant


The movie received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Richard Roeper wrote, "It's beyond dreadful. It's jaw-droppingly bad."[3]


  1. ^ Pop Culture 101: Bad Day at Black Rock, Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 25-11-2010.
  2. ^ "Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Galisteo, New Mexico". Retrieved 2008-03-23.
  3. ^ Flixster. Retrieved 25-11-2010.

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