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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.
The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a hard time to the cops after they give him UV marked money. He then wants revenge and places a bomb in a roller coaster at the most important amusement park event of the year.Written by
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Granted, people are nervous about terrorist movies now but 'Rollercoaster' is still a lot of fun. It takes itself seriously and isn't overly clever or macho. Instead its smart, tense, and gets even tenser if you stop to think that someone really could do this if they tried. Hopefully they won't.
You'll recognize Helen Hunt playing the heroes daughter. She doesn't do much but look cute but she doesn't steal any scenes like she does now because she's, well, Helen Hunt! Also noticeable is George W. Bush impersonator Timothy Bottoms as the money mad bomber referred to as "Young Man". You can read into that how you like but it's a shame that such a good actor doesn't have a much larger profile.
Also, you should get ready for the first scene. Without being gory it will definitely make you jump with both the accident and Mr. Bottoms super creepy performance.
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