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The Black Hole (1979)

A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

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Gary Nelson

Writers:

Jeb Rosebrook (story by), Bob Barbash (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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A "reimagining" of the 1979 sci-fi film about a crew that finds a lost ship inside a black hole.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maximilian Schell ... Dr. Hans Reinhardt
Anthony Perkins ... Dr. Alex Durant
Robert Forster ... Captain Dan Holland
Joseph Bottoms ... Lieutenant Charles Pizer
Yvette Mimieux ... Dr. Kate McCrae
Ernest Borgnine ... Harry Booth
Tom McLoughlin ... Captain S.T.A.R. (as Tommy McLoughlin)
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Storyline

An Earth exploratory ship, the USS Palomino, discovers a black hole with a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, just outside its event horizon. Deciding to solve the mystery of the Cygnus are: the Palomino's Captain, Dan Holland; his First Officer, Lieutenant Charlie Pizer; journalist Harry Booth; scientist and ESP-sensitive Dr. Kate McCrae, whose father was the Cygnus's First Officer; Dr. Alex Durant, the expedition's civilian leader; and the robot known as V.I.N.CENT. The Palomino attempts a dangerous fly-by of the darkened ship. As they come within close range of it, the buffeting they experience (due to the black hole's gravity) suddenly ceases. They bring more instruments to bear on the derelict, but do not even realize the gravity-free zone is artificial; slipping outside it, they are almost drawn into the black hole, an abyss from which no one can escape. Matters worsen when Reinhardt holds the crew captive, after realizing that they can help him reach his goal. The squad must now figure... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Station One See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,841,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,841,901
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film contains over 550 visual effects shots, including over 150 matte paintings. See more »

Goofs

The eyes of the actor playing the black sentry robot that is defeated by V.I.N.CENT in the shooting gallery can be seen inside the robot suit before it short-circuits. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
V.I.N.CENT: [beep] 2130; day 547. Unscheduled course correction due at 2200. Pre-correction check: rotation axis plus three degrees. Nitrous oxide pressure: 4100 rising to 5,000. Quad jet C and D on preselect. Rotor ignition sequence beginning in 3-0. Thruster line reactors on standby.
Captain Dan Holland: V.I.N.CENT, notify me with 15 to go. Alex?
Dr. Alex Durant: Yes, Dan?
Captain Dan Holland: Have you determined a difference in ETAs with and without our correction?
Dr. Alex Durant: Working on it. You know, we shouldn't be needing a correction at this time. ...
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Alternate Versions

70 mm and some 35 mm (distributed for example in Finland) film prints feature an overture before the start of the film with black picture (this is not included on non-letter-boxed-video prints). This overture can be heard on letter-boxed video prints on VHS, DVD and some broadcast editions, including Turner Classic Movies. The overture scene also appears on Disney+. See more »

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Disney's first PG film
10 February 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

This was Disney's big Christmas release in 1979--a big budget, the first PG rating and big stars. It was a huge bomb which is too bad--it's pretty good.

A spaceship's crew (Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux) find a mad doctor (Maximilian Schell) in outer space ready to enter a black hole. He sets out to take them with him...or else.

Great special effects are the main attraction here. The debits are kiddie-like dialogue, bad acting, huge lapses in logic and two cutsey robots voiced by Roddy McDowell and Slim Pickens. Still, I liked the movie. It moves fairly quickly and there was always some impressive effects to look at--it's obvious that Disney spent a lot of money on this.

This is fine for kids--the PG rating is just for someone saying "damn" and three non-bloody, quick deaths. Adults should like it too.


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