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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 chilling premonition 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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Color:
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
Company Good year only allowed the use of their airship fleet of blimps but not their logo with the "Goodyear Wingfoot" (which features on the side of their blimps_ for any advertising or promotional materials. As such, on all marketing materials, the words "Super Bowl" are seen instead.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:
Joseph Robbie:Cancel the Super Bowl? That's like canceling Christmas!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Stars and Stripes ForeverSee more »

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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
a chilling premonition, 2 January 2004
Author: dtucker86 from Germany

The late John Frankenheimer was one of our greatest movie directors and Black Sunday was one of his greatest films that showed him as a true master of suspense. I recently bought the DVD for the film and it still "holds up" today as well as ever. There isn't a suspense film today that can hold a candle to it just like Frankenheimer's other great film The Manchurian Candidate (I cannot believe that they are re-making it with Denzel Washington!). Robert Shaw was a truly overlooked and underused talent. He was a true Renaissance man in every sense of the word. People don't realize that he wasn't only a great actor but a playwright and novelist as well. He wrote the Broadway play The Man In The Glass Booth. He is best remembered for his role as Quint in Jaws but he gave many other fine performances as well and this is surely one as the heroic Israeli agent who has to stop a terrorist threat to kill 80,000 Superbowl fans. Watching this film in 1977 was chilling when you saw what the psychotic Vietnam vet Bruce Dern and Martha Keller were going to do. These were two terrorists who were willing to die for their cause and take thousands of innocent people with them. Watching this film today is even MORE chilling! Back when it was released, most probably thought it was too farfetched. These two terrorists were going to use an "aircraft" (in this case a Goodyear blimp) as a weapon of mass murder. DOES THIS SEEM FARFETCHED TODAY!!!!Black Sunday was made a quarter century before 9/11. As a matter of fact, when the Oklahoma City Bombing happened, CNN showed a clip of Black Sunday as an example of how Hollywood has treated the subject of domestic terrorism. It is chiling that Frankenheimer and Thoams Harris (the author of the novel who later wrote the Hannibal Lecter trilogy) could have that much foresight. All the actors in this film are awesome and what really shocked me was Fritz Weaver's heroic FBI agent (usually movies show the FBI as stupid and corrupt) Critics have often commented on the climax of the film where Lander and her take off in the blimp to set the bomb off and Kabakov and Corley try to stop them. It is the most intense and suspenseful ending you can possibly imagine and the music is awesome. The stunt people must have had a field day doing the climax where they haul the blimp out of the stadium.

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