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Black Sunday (1977)

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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Kabakov
Bruce Dern ... Lander
Marthe Keller ... Dahlia
Fritz Weaver ... Sam Corley
Steven Keats ... Robert Moshevsky
Bekim Fehmiu ... Mohammed 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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Taglines:

They Counted on Living in a World Without Heroes. They Forgot About HIM. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Thomas Harris had been first published in 1975. See more »

Goofs

During the raid on the Black September camp, an Israeli commando fires a suppressed rifle, and the rifle generates a bright muzzle flash. Noise suppressors work by slowing the release of gases from the front. Muzzle flash is the unburnt particles of powder being ignited outside the barrel. In this case there should not have been any flash as the particles would have been consumed in the barrel or suppressor. See more »

Quotes

Major David Kabakov: What is this thing you Americans call the Super Bowl?
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Connections

Referenced in The Dark Knight (2008) 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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A Solid No-Nonsense Thriller
4 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

There are a number of good things going for this film, among them two things you learn right from the opening credits: (1) John Frankenheimer is the director and (2) it's based on a book by Thomas Harris, the man who created "Hannibal Lechter."

Throw in two intense always-interesting actors, Bruce Dern and Marthe Keller, and you now have a good, no-nonsense story translated to the screen. By that, I mean that when people are shot, that's it, no questions asked, no stupid talking.

Even the football scenes were real-life with actual footage of the Cowboys and Steelers playing in a past Super Bowl.

The suspense was done well, although a bit hokey at the very end (can't say more without spoiling it) but it can't take away from the previous two-plus hours of credibility.

Dern also makes for a good "psycho" (he's almost made a career of it) and Keller is convincing as a villain, too, as she was in a film from the previous year: Marathon Man. Two other consistently- good actors also help make this an interesting film: Robert Shaw and Fritz Weaver.

It was nice to see this film on a widescreen DVD but the picture was a bit grainy. The transfer was okay, but could have been better. The film is worthy of a top- notch print.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,769,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,769,322
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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