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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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Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Hans Reinhardt
... Dr. Alex Durant
... Captain Dan Holland
... Lieutenant Charles Pizer
... Dr. Kate McCrae
... Harry Booth
... Captain S.T.A.R. (as Tommy McLoughlin)
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It is the year 2130 A.D. 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. ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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It is inescapable - swallowing radio waves, light, planets, stars, everything in its path...and Man is about to take a giant leap RIGHT DOWN ITS THROAT. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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21 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Space Station One  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,841,901, 31 December 1980
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At one point towards the end of the movie Winter Kills (1979) (which starred Jeff Bridges of TRON (1982) fame), at the information center, John Cerruti (link=nm0000578]) refers to "black holes". Perkins starred as Dr. Alex Durant in this movie which premiered in cinemas later that very same year of 1979. See more »

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When the Palamino crew gets on the track car that takes them to the bridge of the ship, Vincent floats ahead of the car, but just as the car starts to move, you can see a metal bar connecting the car to Vincent's back that isn't visible in other shots. See more »

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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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Referenced in The Goldbergs: The Adam Bomb (2015) See more »

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A Forgotten Classic
14 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

Not only is The Black Hole beautifully made from a technical aspect, it has marvelous performances. Robert Forester (Jackie Brown), Anthony Perkins (Psycho), Ernest Borgnine, Maximillian Schell. It does get a little campy but it is a Disney movie after all and it can be forgiven its attempts at comic relief. This is a very unlikely sort of film for Disney, were it made today it would have been made under the Miramax header rather than Disney, and like another unlikely Disney film, Tron, it is tragically underrated. The special effects and set design are breathtaking, but it is the script which is the best part. The ending is one of the most surreal and haunting in any science fiction film (and especially bold for a Disney film) The characterizations are wonderful and the robots, especially Maximillian (in my book the greatest cinematic robotic villain to date), are unforgettable.


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