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Black Sunday (1977)

R | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 1977 (Italy)
Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Thomas Harris (based on the novel by), Ernest Lehman (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Kabakov
Bruce Dern ... Lander
Marthe Keller ... Dahlia
Fritz Weaver ... Corley
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Moshevsky
Bekim Fehmiu ... Fasil
Michael V. Gazzo ... Muzi
William Daniels ... Pugh
Walter Gotell ... Colonel Riat
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Nageeb
Joseph Robbie Joseph Robbie ... Joseph Robbie
Robert J. Wussler Robert J. Wussler ... Robert Wussler (as Robert Wussler)
Pat Summerall ... Pat Summerall
Tom Brookshier ... Tom Brookshier
Walter Brooke ... Fowler
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Storyline

Terrorist organization Black September is planning an attack on the United States. A woman called Dahlia is the one overseeing the operation. She was in the Middle East with the other members of the organization, discussing the operation when some Israelis came in; the leader, Major Kobakov had his gun on her but didn't shoot her. Kobakov then informed the US what they found. Though they don't know what their operation is, Kobakov assures them that it will be devastating. So, with FBI man, Corley, they try to find out what it is before it's too late. But they both have different ways of doing things, and since Kobakov is the visitor, he is warned to watch it. Dahlia's "partner in crime" is Michael Lander, a Vietnam P.O.W., who is psychologically scarred by that experience, thus making him very susceptible to her machinations. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Carson, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,769,322
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Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was one of the Paramount's highest ever pre-release scoring films from test screenings. Paramount was positioning the film to be the blockbuster picture of 1977, many industry insiders predicted the film to be going to be as big a box-office hit as Jaws (1975). However, upon release, the film did not perform as well as expected and instead Star Wars (1977) became the biggest blockbuster movie of 1977. See more »

Goofs

About midway through, as Fasil is being pursued across a beach in Miami, he fires a shot at the agent pursuing him. The agent falls flat in the sand and the bullet strikes right next to him, kicking up some sand, and creating a very loud ricochet(!) sound effect. Bullets shot into sand don't normally ricochet. See more »

Quotes

Robert Moshevsky: My mother once said "Anyone who has a nervous breakdown has got to have something wrong with them".
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.10 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eyes of Texas
Lyrics by John Lang Sinclair, traditional tune
Played twice by the band at the Super Bowl
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Not quite escapism anymore
29 August 2002 | by drosse67See all my reviews

Black Sunday was considered a "what if" disaster movie in the '70s, although it's not a disaster movie along the lines of Earthquake!, Flood! or the others. Now of course it seems less like a "what if" movie and some of the lines of "fictional" dialogue have actually been quoted in the news recently. This is an absorbing thriller, and does not rely on the special effects that so many thrillers like "The Siege" (and probably The Sum of All Fears, which I haven't seen) employ. Too bad Robert Shaw passed at such a relatively young age--in all of the movies I've seen him in (The Sting, The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, Jaws and this one), he created such different types of characters. I didn't even recognize him at first in this one, going from the Irish accent of Jaws to the Israeli accent in Black Sunday. John Frankenheimer gripped my attention for the whole movie, and considering its length (nearly 3 hours) this is no small feat. Even Bruce Dern, doing his usual psycho thing, was good. Highly recommended.


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