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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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For 100,000 people, Monday may never come See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Domingo negro 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 shots of the blimp arriving at the stadium were accomplished with a five foot long model, made in stop frame animation against a blue screen by Excelsior Pictures on La Brea. See more »

Goofs

As the commandos are leaving the Beirut compound, Moshevsky yells to leave one of the commandos who was killed, saying "He's dead, anyway." The Israeli army, and the Commando units in particular, have a policy similar to the US Rangers, to never leave a man behind, even if killed. See more »

Quotes

Major David Kabakov: Don't be so rude to everybody.
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Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 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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Solid Terrorist Thriller.
21 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Robert Shaw plays Israeli agent Kabokov, who learns that a terrorist organization named Black September is planning an attack on the United States, which involves a known woman terrorist named Dahlia(played by Marthe Keller) who has enlisted the services of disgruntled Vietnam Veteran Michael Lander(played by Bruce Dern) to fly a Good Year blimp in the next Super Bowl, crashing its bomb-laden body into the stadium, killing thousands, all on national television. Kabokov races against time to stop this plan before it is too late...

Exciting and provocative film(especially today) has an interesting story, good action, and fine acting, which never lags despite its nearly Two & a half hour length.

Based on the Thomas Harris novel, and directed by John Frankenheimer.


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