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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.

Director:

Gary Nelson

Writers:

Jeb Rosebrook (story), Bob Barbash (story) | 3 more credits »
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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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Taglines:

You can't escape the most powerful force in the universe. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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, 31 December 1980
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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) were the last two Hollywood films to include an overture, once a common feature of "major" studio releases. This film's overture is usually cut from television broadcasts, though it's included in showings on Turner Classic Movies and the DVD release. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Kate McCrae identifies the U.S.S. Cygnus in the hologram at the beginning of the movie, she says its mission was to find "habitable life" when she meant "habitable planets." See more »

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[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

A broadcast of The Black Hole on daytime British television in the mid-eighties omitted the scene of the Angel flying through the arches, instead cutting from Maximillian on the mountain-top in Hell to the shot of the Palamino crew heading for the unidentified planet, having apparently survived. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Brief History of Time (1991) See more »

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"Middle of the Road"? You're soaking in it.
13 April 1999 | by GislefSee all my reviews

This movie does fall absolutely dead center in the middle of the road for me. On the one hand, you have decent F/X, great model work, some good performances (Maximilian Schell as the Nemo-like bad guy and Perkins as the obsessed acolyte), a willingness to get down and gritty (witness Perkins' on-screen death), and some nice concepts. On the other hand, you have some bad performances (Borgnine and wooden-faced Forster), unnecessarily anthromorphized robots (no doubt inspired by Star Wars and Disney's desire to lighten the flick a bit), some sloppy science, and a very slow plot. It's good, but to me it just balances right out at a 4-6 rating, depending on my mood when I catch it.


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