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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Harris (based on the novel by)
Ernest Lehman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 March 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There has never been a motion picture adventure like... See more »
Plot:
An Israeli anti-terrorist agent must stop a disgruntled Vietnam vet cooperating in a plot to commit a terrorist plot at the Super Bowl. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A long shelf-life See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Shaw ... Kabakov

Bruce Dern ... Lander

Marthe Keller ... Dahlia

Fritz Weaver ... Corley
Steven Keats ... Moshevsky
Bekim Fehmiu ... Fasil

Michael V. Gazzo ... Muzi

William Daniels ... Pugh

Walter Gotell ... Colonel Riat
Victor Campos ... Nageeb
Joseph Robbie ... Joseph Robbie
Robert J. Wussler ... Robert Wussler (as Robert Wussler)

Pat Summerall ... Pat Summerall
Tom Brookshier ... Tom Brookshier
Walter Brooke ... Fowler
James Jeter ... Watchman

Clyde Kusatsu ... Freighter Captain
Tom McFadden ... Farley
Robert Patten ... Vickers
Than Wyenn ... Israeli Ambassador
Jack Rader ... Pearson
Nick Nickolary ... Simmons (as Nick Nicolary)
Michael Joseph Reynolds ... Jackson
Hunter von Leer ... T.V. Cameraman
Sarah Fankboner ... V.A. Receptionist
Kathy Thornton ... Head Nurse
Frank Logan ... Lansing
Frank Man ... Desk Clerk - Miami
Kenneth I. Harms ... S.W.A.T. Captain
Kim Nicholas ... Girl Hostage
Bert Madrid ... Bellhop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kristy McNichol ... (scenes deleted)
Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Terry Bradshaw ... Himself (uncredited)

Ian Bulloch ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Paul Fahrenkopf ... Spectator (uncredited)

John Frankenheimer ... TV Director (uncredited)
George Golden ... Man in Waiting Room (uncredited)

Robert Ito ... Japanese Man (uncredited)
Jay W. Jensen ... Football Fan (uncredited)

D'Janine King-Lasky ... Spectator (uncredited)
January L'Angelle ... Young Football Fan (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira ... Spectator (uncredited)

Jim Robertson ... Football Stadium Fan (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... White-haired Man in Lobby (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
Thomas Harris (based on the novel by)

Ernest Lehman (screenplay) &
Kenneth Ross (screenplay) and
Ivan Moffat (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Evans .... producer
Alan Levine .... associate producer
Robert L. Rosen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf (film editor)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Ray Summers 
 
Makeup Department
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Brad Wilder .... make-up artist
 
Production Management
Jerry Ziesmer .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry J. Franco .... second assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Marc Monnet .... second unit director
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nikita Knatz .... production illustrator
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
 
Sound Department
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
 
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects man
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process consultant
Pete Kleinow .... visual effects (uncredited)
Harry Walton .... visual effects (uncredited)
Gene Warren Jr. .... visual effects (uncredited)
Gene Warren .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Jay Amor .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Caruso .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Roberto Escobar .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... co-stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Sabol .... cameraman: N.F.L. Films, special football sequences
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Beverly McDermott .... location casting: Miami
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelly Levine .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
June Edgerton .... music editor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
John Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (as James Gavin)
Nat Moore .... football technical advisor
Nick Nickolary .... pilot: Goodyear blimp (as Nick Nicolary)
Cathy Chazan .... assistant: Mr. Evans (uncredited)
Peter Mastrorio .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
143 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (1987) | USA:R (certificate #24543) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
The complete unreleased soundtrack of the film's score was not released on CD until January 2010. Remixed from the original 16-track 2" masters recorded on the Paramount Pictures scoring stage, a limited run of 10,000 discs were manufactured by Film Score Monthly. Up until this time, this was the only complete John Williams feature film score which had gone unreleased.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Two Goodyear blimps were used for the suspenseful conclusion. The base scenes where shot in Carson, CA using the Columbia. The Super Bowl scenes were shot in Miami, FL using the Mayflower being a much smaller blimp than Columbia. So the blimp shrinks, gets big again and then shrinks again in size.See more »
Quotes:
Major David Kabakov:Now, just blink for "yes", or die for "no".See more »
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Soundtrack:
HatikvahSee more »

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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A long shelf-life, 17 March 2005
Author: inspectors71 from The Man-Cave

This is such a disturbing film, based on a very disturbing book by Thomas Harris, the creator of Hannibal the Cannibal. I read the book in 1976 and actually believed that cunning terrorists might be able to think up a really spectacular way of killing a whole lot of people at one time, but we'd be able to see it coming and stop them, just like in the book. Little did we know . . .

I imagine what it would have been like to see a mid-1930s era movie about a carrier-borne air-strike against an American naval base. It would have seemed so far-fetched, and it would have drawn fire for smearing the race or nationality of the aggressors. Yet, here's Thomas Harris's novel of a disgruntled POW who is hired by Palestinians to set off an enormous shaped charge, packed with steel darts, into the crowd at a Super Bowl. With John Frankenheimer's skill and a great cast of actors, Harris's story really does come to life, and even with the occasional special effects flaw and some really unpleasant violence, it works! I remember being so excited about the movie--it had Bruce Dern and Robert Shaw and that gorgeous woman from Marathon Man, Marthe Keller. The art work was so imaginative! Even in dopey little Spokane, Washington, the Fox Theatre put up a billboard sized blimp on their roof. Frankenheimer even shot two scenes of the President of the United States coming down to watch the action--one, a Jimmy Carter lookalike and the other, Gerry Ford. The movie felt real, even with, as a I mentioned before, some special effects cheese that, for its time, couldn't be avoided.

In January 1977 I had not seen The Manchurian Candidate--I didn't even know who Frankenheimer was; the only directors I knew were Don Siegel (because I loved Dirty Harry) and Roman Polanski (because of--my chronology might be off here--his little dust up with an underage girl at Jack Nicholson's house, or something like that). If I had seen TMC, I might have noticed certain similarities between Candidate and Black Sunday--the damaged war veteran, the cold manipulators, the driven investigator of the truth, and the interspersal of violent, ugly images. Yet, Black Sunday is truly an action movie; its relation to The Manchurian Candidate stops as the bombs and bullets start tearing up the place.

Finally, it's strange to say that casting Bruce Dern as a psychologically damaged former carrier pilot was inspired--the man got rich and famous off playing wackadoodles--but Dern is more tortured, more pathetic than anything I ever saw him in. His character is so sad, so torn up by his experience in the Hanoi Hilton that, while it doesn't excuse his perfidy, he is as three dimensional as Sgt. Raymond Shaw. But Shaw did right at the end; Lander dies trapped by his own anger and hate.

So, if you can find it, I would strongly suggest renting this film. It is disturbingly topical, intense and suspenseful, and an example of a good movie made about an attack against the Super Bowl, unlike the other winter 1977 football disaster, Two-Minute Warning.

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