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The Black Hole (1979)

A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

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It is the year 2130 A.D. An Earth exploratory ship, the USS Palomino, discovers a black hole with a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, just outside its event horizon. Deciding to solve the mystery of the Cygnus are: the Palomino's Captain, Dan Holland; his First Officer, Lieutenant Charlie Pizer; journalist Harry Booth; scientist and ESP-sensitive Dr. Kate McCrae, whose father was the Cygnus's First Officer; Dr. Alex Durant, the expedition's civilian leader; and the robot known as V.I.N.CENT. The Palomino attempts a dangerous fly-by of the darkened ship. As they come within close range of it, the buffeting they experience (due to the black hole's gravity) suddenly ceases. They bring more instruments to bear on the derelict, but do not even realize the gravity-free zone is artificial; slipping outside it, they are almost drawn into the black hole, an abyss from which no one can escape. Matters worsen when Reinhardt holds the crew captive, after realizing that they can help him reach his goal. ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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You can't escape the most powerful force in the universe. See more »

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21 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Space Station One  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Gary Nelson hated the original script, titled "Space Probe-One", but he agreed to direct the film after seeing the concept renderings, which he thought were "magnificent". See more »

Goofs

When the "Palomino" is climbing up toward "Cygnus" from the near vicinity of the black hole, it is not in free fall. Therefore, Mr. Pizer would not float up out of his seat when he attempts to go after V.I.N.CENT. See more »

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V.I.N.CENT: [beep] 2130; day 547. Unscheduled course correction due at 2200. Pre-correction check: rotation axis plus three degrees. Nitrous oxide pressure: 4100 rising to 5,000. Quad jet C and D on preselect. Rotor ignition sequence beginning in 3-0. Thruster line reactors on standby.
Captain Dan Holland: V.I.N.CENT, notify me with 15 to go. Alex?
Dr. Alex Durant: Yes, Dan?
Captain Dan Holland: Have you determined a difference in ETAs with and without our correction?
Dr. Alex Durant: Working on it. You know, we shouldn't be needing a correction at this time. ...
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Dark and wonderful forgotten treasure
8 November 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is a great science fiction adventure, which came out in 1979.

I saw this film for the first time at the age of 12, and I loved it then, I still enjoy it. I can see that there are very different opinions of it here. But if you love adventure and sci fi, you won't be disappointed.

10 reasons to watch this film: 1) A great story, dark and entertaining all along 2) Great special effects, they still work today 3) One of the biggest and most scary star ships ever shown on film! 4) Good performances from well known actors like Anthony Perkins. 5) The film score from Barry is outstanding - chilling and powerful 6) A very very alternative ending... 7) It's a film ahead of the times, the story, the creepy truth, truly an inspiration of todays filmmakers. 8) It's spectacular 9) Prove those who turn it down wrong! 10) A perfect popcorn movie!


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