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Director:
Writers:
Jeb Rosebrook (story) and
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Screw the reviews. Remember it for Maximilian. See more (211 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 | 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:
A fixture in Disney's special effects department for more than 40 years, Eustace Lycett (then head of the Photographic Effects Department) retired after completing the composite work on this film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Once the meteorite crashes into the Cygnus, the Palomino crew should have been killed within seconds due to loss of oxygen. However, they survive for several minutes and are even seen scrambling out into the vacuum of space to board the probe ship without any protective suits.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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91 out of 139 people found the following review useful.
Screw the reviews. Remember it for Maximilian., 23 January 2005
Author: Mario Lanza (mlanza1974@aol.com) from Upland, CA

I saw this movie in the theater when I was 6 years old. So you have to remember that frame of reference when you read these comments.

I saw The Black Hole when I was six years old and, of course, I loved it. Although what I remember the most about that experience was my first glimpse of Maximilian, the giant killer red robot. Maximilian terrified me. And he ended up being the first movie character to ever really scare the crap out of me.

If you were 6 years old kid in 1980, you would remember this film. Because even though it's silly to make the comparison today, at one time the Black Hole held a special place in the hearts of kids everywhere, mainly because it featured a character who was even scarier than Darth Vader.

That's right, Star Wars came 2 years earlier than the Black Hole, and Star Wars had a frightening guy in a black mask named Darth Vader. But let me tell you that to a kid growing up in 1980, Darth Vader was NOTHING compared to Maximilian. Darth Vader was a pansy compared to Maximilian, and I'm not just joking around. If you were a little kid in 1980, you knew about this movie. And you knew who Maximilian was. And you spoke about him in terms of reverence. Because you don't mock the robot who haunts your nightmares every single night.

That's how big a deal Maximilan was at the time.

Yes, The Black Hole has flaws. Yes, the rest of the robots are comical. And yes, the science fiction in the movie makes no sense. And sure, I'd agree that the sight of Ernest Borgnine in a tight turtleneck is disturbing and I never want to see it again. But none of that really matters to me. All I care about is that this movie features Maxmilian the bleeping killer red robot. And from a pop culture/movie history perspective, that makes this movie a classic.

Personally, I think that the Black Hole is a pretty lame movie. But in 1980 I would have ranked it alongside Star Wars as the coolest thing I had ever seen in my life. And of course, that is almost solely because of Maximilian. So don't make fun of this movie. Just remember that it cause a lot of nightmares in kids from the 70's and early 80's. And please give it props for featuring a villain that (at one time) was cooler and scarier than a guy named Darth Vader.

So here's to you, Maximilian.

Please don't Cuisinart me through a book.

Mario's Movie Rating: 5 out of 10 (at least it's somewhat entertaining)

Mario's Maximilian Rating: 10 of 10

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