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Director:
Writers:
Jeb Rosebrook (story) and
Bob Barbash (story) ...
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Release Date:
21 December 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A journey that begins where everything ends! See more »
Plot:
A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A true science fiction masterpiece See more (213 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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)
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)
 
Stunts
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
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
Donald Capel .... key grip
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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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints) (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | 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)

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Trivia:
This film and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (released the same year) were the two last Hollywood films to include an overture, once a common feature of "major" studio releases. This film's overture is usually cut from television broadcasts, although it is included in showings on Turner Classic Movies and the DVD release.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Pizer floats away from the rest of the crew toward the black hole, two suspension wires can clearly be seen holding him up.See more »
Quotes:
[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 TRON: Legacy (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Raging InfernoSee more »

FAQ

What exactly is an Einstein-Rosen bridge?
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28 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A true science fiction masterpiece, 24 February 1999
Author: Plissken-4 from United States

In a day when garbage like ID4 (Independence Day) and Fifth Element are considered good sci-fi, it's refreshing to see renewed interest in the overlooked classic The Black Hole. I have loved this movie ever since I first saw it in 1979. Is it a Star Wars ripoff? Of course. So what? It is still a classic in every sense of the word. Great performances and a script that is actually thought provoking. It has not only a morality tale, but some first class adventure. How many sci-fi films today have that? Finally, the visual effects are as stunning today as they were 20 years ago. The shot of the giant meteor rolling down the length of the Cygnus toward our heroes remains one of the greatest fx pieces of ALL time! I for one can't wait for the DVD of this movie to come out. With all the Star Wars hype going on these days, it's time for this classic to have its day in the sun too.

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