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Release Date:
21 December 1979 (USA) See more »
A journey that begins where everything ends! See more »
A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 nominations See more »
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What a disappointment!! See more (226 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maximilian Schell ... Dr. Hans Reinhardt

Anthony Perkins ... Dr. Alex Durant

Robert Forster ... Captain Dan Holland

Joseph Bottoms ... Lieutenant Charles Pizer

Yvette Mimieux ... Dr. Kate McCrae

Ernest Borgnine ... Harry Booth

Tom McLoughlin ... Captain S.T.A.R. (as Tommy McLoughlin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roddy McDowall ... V.I.N.CENT. (voice) (uncredited)
Gary Nelson ... Drone with Mask Removed (uncredited)

Slim Pickens ... B.O.B. (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Nelson 
Writing credits
Jeb Rosebrook (story) and
Bob Barbash (story) &
Richard H. Landau (story) (as Richard Landau)

Jeb Rosebrook (screenplay) and
Gerry Day (screenplay)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
Film Editing by
G. Gregg McLaughlin  (as Gregg McLaughlin)
Production Design by
Peter Ellenshaw 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Robert McCall  (as Robert T. McCall)
Al Roelofs 
Set Decoration by
Frank R. McKelvy 
Roger M. Shook 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Gloria Montemayor .... hair stylist
Nadia .... makeup artist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager (as Christopher Seiter)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Disney Miller .... second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
Tom McCrory .... assistant director
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director (as Joseph P. Moore)
Art Department
Robert Ayres .... production illustrator
Leon Harris .... production illustrator (as Leon R. Harris)
Gene Johnson .... production illustrator
Fred Lucky .... production illustrator
Wilbur L. Russell .... property master
Gary Zink .... welder/fabricator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound effects editor (as Wayne A. Allwine)
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Barney Cabral .... dialogue replacement (as Bernard P. Cabral)
Norman Carlisle .... dialogue replacement
George Fredrick .... sound effects editor
Robert Hathaway .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Hathaway)
Ben Hendricks .... special sound effects (as Ben F. Hendricks)
John Jolliffe .... sound effects editor (as John J. Jolliffe)
Stephen Katz .... additional special sound effects
James MacDonald .... special sound effects
Bud Maffett .... sound mixer (as Henry A. Maffett)
Al Maguire .... dialogue replacement
Joe Parker .... sound effects editor (as Joseph Parker)
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
Louis Terrusa .... sound effects editor
John Van Frey .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Wylie .... special sound effects (as William J. Wylie)
Special Effects by
Hal Bigger .... assistant mechanical effects
Danny Lee .... mechanical effects supervisor
Eric Allard .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Gary D'Amico .... special effects (uncredited)
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ken Speed .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred E. Branson .... optical printer operator
Bob Broughton .... optical photography coordinator (as Robert Broughton)
Art Cruickshank .... director of miniature photography
Harrison Ellenshaw .... matte artist
Peter Ellenshaw .... miniature effects creator
Peter Ellenshaw .... miniature effects supervisor
Constantine Ganakes .... assistant matte artist
Joe Hale .... animation special effects
Ray O. Hoar .... optical printer operator
Ted Kierscey .... animator (as Ted C. Kierscey)
Bill Kilduff .... operator: A.C.E.S.
Dorse A. Lanpher .... animator
Eustace Lycett .... composite optical photography
David Mattingly .... assistant matte artist
Stephen McEveety .... production assistant: miniatures unit (as Stephen M. McEveety)
Phil Meador .... optical printer operator (as Philip L. Meador)
Arthur Miller .... matte photography
Roger Redel .... gaffer: miniatures unit (as Roger E. Redel)
Forrest Reed .... key grip: miniatures unit (as Doc Reed)
Terence Saunders .... chief model maker
Terence Saunders .... miniature mechanical effects
Ed Sekac .... matte photography
Robert R. Wilson .... operator: A.C.E.S.
Thomas Baker .... main title graphics (uncredited)
Mike Edmonson .... special effects miniatures (uncredited)
Barry Seybert .... graphic artist: opening titles (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunts
Howard Curtis .... stunts
Len Glascow .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Billy Bob Jackson .... stunts (as Billy Jackson)
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Katee McClure .... stunts
Stevie Myers .... stunts
Terry Nichols .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Ron Oliney .... stunts (as Ronald Oliney)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts (as Conrad Palmisano)
Regina Parton .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
Bobby Sargent .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunt double: Ernest Borgnine (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt double: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Ahern II .... camera operator (as Lloyd N. Ahern)
Bernie Bayless .... best boy (as Bernard F. Bayless)
Carl Boles .... gaffer
Don Capel .... key grip (as Donald Capel)
Howard Hagadorn .... second grip (as Howard L. Hagadorn)
Robert LaBonge .... first assistant camera
Cecil Wilson .... second assistant camera (as Cecil R. Wilson)
Dan Delgado .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sid Lucero .... grip (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Dye .... costumer
Chuck Keehne .... costume supervisor
Jack Sandeen .... costumer
Editorial Department
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... assistant film editor
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Evelyn Kennedy .... supervising music editor
Helen Sneddon .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Other crew
George F. McGinnis .... creator: robots
Tom McLoughlin .... coordinator: sentry robots (as Tommy McLoughlin)
Sandy Nelson .... script supervisor
Dana Winseman .... video playback services (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (1980) | Norway:12 | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Dr. Reinhardt's ship was originally called the Centaurus. It was renamed Cygnus after the constellation where the first known black hole was discovered in 1964.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the dinner sequence after Reinhardt excuses himself to meet up with the probe ship, the film runs in reverse on an exterior shot of the dining room. You can clearly see Captain Holland walk backwards around the room and sit down.See more »
[first lines]
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. V.I.N.CENT, run a confirmation on the last inertial fix and check it with another celestial, please.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Epic Mickey (2010) (VG)See more »
Durant Is DeadSee more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
What a disappointment!!, 19 January 1999
Author: Massimo Nittardi ( from New Haven, CT

I just saw The Black Hole and I'm pretty disappointed. I appreciated the set decoration, which was very good, but the visual effects were only so-so. The acting was not good at all, and the two `cute' robots were far too fake and silly (EXCUSE ME, but those painted eyes were supposed to let the robot ‘see' around?!?!?). I can understand that the Disney was trying to make some money on the fortune of Star Wars and at the same time to satisfy its usual audience, but I think that if you do something different from your usual you should try to do it at your best. I believe its better to make a good movie disappointing some of your fans than to make a movie so dumb and silly that your usual fans don't fully appreciate it and all the others just dislike. I'm not surprised it didn't score at the box office. I want even mention the screenplay, which is so boring and dumb, especially during the last half-hour, that it really makes you wonder why they even bothered making such a picture. Believe me, stay away from this movie as much as you can!

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