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Black Sunday (1977)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  11 March 1977 (USA)
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An Israeli anti-terrorist agent must stop a disgruntled Vietnam vet cooperating in a plot to commit a terrorist plot at the Super Bowl.

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Terrorist organization Black September is planning an attack on the United States. A woman called Dahlia is the one overseeing the operation. She was in the Middle East with the other members of the organization, discussing the operation when some Israelis came in; the leader, Major Kobakov had his gun on her but didn't shoot her. Kobakov then informed the US what they found. Though they don't know what their operation is, Kobakov assures them that it will be devastating. So, with FBI man, Corley, they try to find out what it is before it's too late. But they both have different ways of doing things, and since Kobakov is the visitor, he is warned to watch it. Dahlia's "partner in crime" is Michael Lander, a Vietnam P.O.W., who is psychologically scarred by that experience, thus making him very susceptible to her machinations. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The movie was one of the Paramount Pictures studio's highest ever pre-release scoring films from test screenings. Paramount were positioning the movie to be the blockbuster picture of 1977, many industry insiders predicted the film to be going to be as big a box-office hit as Jaws (1975). However, upon release, the film did not perform as well as expected and instead Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) became the biggest blockbuster movie of 1977. See more »

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When Moshevsky's body is to be flown back to Israel for burial, he is being loaded aboard a TWA freight flight. Jews being brought to Israel for burial, especially a Mosad Officer, are always brought by an El Al flight. See more »

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Joseph Robbie: Cancel the Super Bowl? That's like canceling Christmas!
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The Star Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited)
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Sung by Tom Sullivan
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Not quite escapism anymore
29 August 2002 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Black Sunday was considered a "what if" disaster movie in the '70s, although it's not a disaster movie along the lines of Earthquake!, Flood! or the others. Now of course it seems less like a "what if" movie and some of the lines of "fictional" dialogue have actually been quoted in the news recently. This is an absorbing thriller, and does not rely on the special effects that so many thrillers like "The Siege" (and probably The Sum of All Fears, which I haven't seen) employ. Too bad Robert Shaw passed at such a relatively young age--in all of the movies I've seen him in (The Sting, The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, Jaws and this one), he created such different types of characters. I didn't even recognize him at first in this one, going from the Irish accent of Jaws to the Israeli accent in Black Sunday. John Frankenheimer gripped my attention for the whole movie, and considering its length (nearly 3 hours) this is no small feat. Even Bruce Dern, doing his usual psycho thing, was good. Highly recommended.


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