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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:

Domingo negro See more »

Filming Locations:

Carson, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,769,322
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The actual game that was being played in the film was Superbowl X between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys at Miami. Respective scores: 21 to 17. See more »

Goofs

As the helicopter is pulling the blimp out of the stadium, the scoreboard reads STEELERS 21 COWBOYS 17 with 1:20 left in the SECOND quarter. The actual score at that time was COWBOYS 10 STEELERS 7. Lynn Swann of the Steelers was already seen making his touchdown catch from Terry Bradshaw with 3:02 left in the game. A Cowboy touchdown with 1:48 left in the game gave the FINAL score of STEELERS 21 COWBOYS 17. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Robbie: Cancel the Super Bowl? That's like canceling Christmas!
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Connections

Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band at the Super Bowl
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a chilling premonition
2 January 2004 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

The late John Frankenheimer was one of our greatest movie directors and Black Sunday was one of his greatest films that showed him as a true master of suspense. I recently bought the DVD for the film and it still "holds up" today as well as ever. There isn't a suspense film today that can hold a candle to it just like Frankenheimer's other great film The Manchurian Candidate (I cannot believe that they are re-making it with Denzel Washington!). Robert Shaw was a truly overlooked and underused talent. He was a true Renaissance man in every sense of the word. People don't realize that he wasn't only a great actor but a playwright and novelist as well. He wrote the Broadway play The Man In The Glass Booth. He is best remembered for his role as Quint in Jaws but he gave many other fine performances as well and this is surely one as the heroic Israeli agent who has to stop a terrorist threat to kill 80,000 Superbowl fans. Watching this film in 1977 was chilling when you saw what the psychotic Vietnam vet Bruce Dern and Martha Keller were going to do. These were two terrorists who were willing to die for their cause and take thousands of innocent people with them. Watching this film today is even MORE chilling! Back when it was released, most probably thought it was too farfetched. These two terrorists were going to use an "aircraft" (in this case a Goodyear blimp) as a weapon of mass murder. DOES THIS SEEM FARFETCHED TODAY!!!!Black Sunday was made a quarter century before 9/11. As a matter of fact, when the Oklahoma City Bombing happened, CNN showed a clip of Black Sunday as an example of how Hollywood has treated the subject of domestic terrorism. It is chiling that Frankenheimer and Thoams Harris (the author of the novel who later wrote the Hannibal Lecter trilogy) could have that much foresight. All the actors in this film are awesome and what really shocked me was Fritz Weaver's heroic FBI agent (usually movies show the FBI as stupid and corrupt) Critics have often commented on the climax of the film where Lander and her take off in the blimp to set the bomb off and Kabakov and Corley try to stop them. It is the most intense and suspenseful ending you can possibly imagine and the music is awesome. The stunt people must have had a field day doing the climax where they haul the blimp out of the stadium.


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