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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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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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Dr. Mengele in space
27 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Though Disney Studios had certainly explored the realm of fantasy in their features and short films, their first venture into science fiction was this 1979 release The Black Hole. I'm not sure that if Walt Disney were alive the studio would have made a feature like this.

Not that it's the best science fiction I've ever seen, the influence 2001 A Space Odyssey is plain for anyone to see on viewing The Black Hole. But it has some interesting aspects.

And there's a bit of Star Wars in this one as well. There's a pair of R2D@ robots here only they don't just chirp and squeak. They are voiced quite eloquently by Roddy McDowell and Slim Pickens. Now there's a combination I never thought to at least hear on the big screen. They're the best in the film.

Next best is Maximilian Schell who is a scientist in the tradition of Dr. Mengele. He's the only functioning human on board a large space ship that's parked near a Black Hole in space. It's a ship reported missing and another ship has come in search of it. The crew of the search vessel is staffed by Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, and Anthony Perkins.

Perkins is a scientist who shows some strains of The Nutty Professor. He treats Schell like a colleague, but he ain't like any other colleague he's ever had.

As for Borgnine he's a newspaper reporter. Now 1979 was before the internet and if the film were done today he'd be an internet blogger. I doubt that print newspapers will exist by the time next century rolls around when this set.

The Black Hole won the Magic Kingdom a couple of Oscar nominations for technical categories. But while it's decent entertainment it breaks no grounds in science fiction.


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