Black Sunday (1977)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  11 March 1977 (USA)
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Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bekim Fehmiu ...
Colonel Riat
Victor Campos ...
Joseph Robbie ...
Robert J. Wussler ...
Robert Wussler (as Robert Wussler)
Tom Brookshier
Walter Brooke ...


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 <>

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11 March 1977 (USA)  »

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John Frankenheimer was able to secure permission from Goodyear to use its blimp in the film because of his relationship with the company's public relations department from making Grand Prix (1966). He had to promise that the blimp itself would not kill anybody - for example, that no one would be torn up in its propellers. In addition, the pilot was changed from a Goodyear employee to a freelance pilot only hired by Goodyear. Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie got the NFL to allow extensive filming at a real Super Bowl game and the use of copyrighted team names and logos. Additional footage of the stampede at the game was shot at the Orange Bowl after the game with thousands of extras provided for free by The United Way. In exchange for providing the extras, Frankenheimer agreed to direct a short film for them with star Robert Shaw narrating it. See more »


As the helicopter is pulling the blimp out of the stadium, the scoreboard reads STEELERS 21 COWBOYS 17 with 1:20 left in the SECOND quarter. The actual score at that time was COWBOYS 10 STEELERS 7. Lynn Swann of the Steelers was already seen making his touchdown catch from Terry Bradshaw with 3:02 left in the game. A Cowboy touchdown with 1:48 left in the game gave the FINAL score of STEELERS 21 COWBOYS 17. See more »


Major David Kabakov: Now, just blink for "yes", or die for "no".
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The Eyes of Texas
Lyrics by John Lang Sinclair
Played twice by the band at the Super Bowl
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5 June 2000 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Black Sunday" is a nice example of how good action films used to be, before the 80s and 90s saw dumb scripts and dumb characters undermine the genre forever (films like "The Rock" for example). Instead of going for non-stop pyrotechnics, John Frankenheimer and Ernest Lehman serve up a tense, exciting build-up with interesting characters along the way that culminates in a grand finale that was partly filmed during Super Bowl X between Dallas and Pittsburgh. Robert Shaw, at long last given the chance to play the hero in a movie, is quite good as the weary Israeli agent and Bruce Dern is at his psychotic best as the deranged blimp pilot.

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