The Black Hole ()

Reference View | Change View

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

  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 nominations.
  • See more »

Photos and Videos

Cast verified as complete

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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
V.I.N.CENT. (uncredited) (voice)
Gary Nelson ...
Drone with Mask Removed (uncredited)
B.O.B. (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Gary Nelson ... (directed by)

Written by

Jeb Rosebrook ... (story by) and
Bob Barbash ... (story by) &
Richard H. Landau ... (story by) (as Richard Landau)
Jeb Rosebrook ... (screenplay by) and
Gerry Day ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

Ron Miller ... producer (produced by)

Music by

John Barry ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Frank V. Phillips ... director of photography (as Frank Phillips)

Film Editing by

G. Gregg McLaughlin ... (as Gregg McLaughlin)

Editorial Department

Nicholas Korda ... assistant film editor (as Nicholas Vincent Korda)

Casting By

Marvin Schnall ... (uncredited)
Bill Shepard ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

Peter Ellenshaw ... (production designed by)

Art Direction by

John B. Mansbridge
Robert McCall ... (as Robert T. McCall)
Al Roelofs

Set Decoration by

Frank R. McKelvy
Roger M. Shook

Costume Design by

Bill Thomas

Makeup Department

Gloria Montemayor ... hair stylist
Nadia ... makeup artist
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

John D. Bloss ... production manager (as John Bloss)
Christopher N. Seiter ... unit production manager (as Christopher Seiter)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Christopher Disney Miller ... second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
Tom McCrory ... assistant director
Joseph Paul Moore ... second assistant director (as Joseph P. Moore)

Art Department

Robert Ayres ... production illustrator
Leon Harris ... production illustrator (as Leon R. Harris)
Gene Johnson ... production illustrator
Fred Lucky ... production illustrator
Wilbur L. Russell ... property master
Richard J. Bayard ... constructor (uncredited)
Art Dudley ... set coordinator (uncredited)
Hal Hildreth ... paint department (uncredited)
Milt Llewellyn ... constructor (uncredited)
Keith McCormick ... second props (uncredited)
Shelley Phillips ... painter (uncredited)
Ron Saks ... animator & designer (uncredited)
Gary Zink ... welder/fabricator (uncredited)

Sound Department

Wayne Allwine ... sound effects editor (as Wayne A. Allwine)
Nick Alphin ... re-recording mixer
Barney Cabral ... dialogue replacement (as Bernard P. Cabral)
Norman Carlisle ... dialogue replacement
George Fredrick ... sound effects editor
Robert Hathaway ... re-recording mixer (as Bob Hathaway)
Ben Hendricks ... special sound effects (as Ben F. Hendricks)
John Jolliffe ... sound effects editor (as John J. Jolliffe)
Stephen Katz ... additional special sound effects
James MacDonald ... special sound effects
Bud Maffett ... sound mixer (as Henry A. Maffett)
Al Maguire ... dialogue replacement
Joe Parker ... sound effects editor (as Joseph Parker)
Frank Regula ... re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Herb Taylor ... sound supervisor
Louis Terrusa ... sound effects editor
John Van Frey ... re-recording mixer
Bill Wylie ... special sound effects (as William J. Wylie)
Bud Parman ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Hal Bigger ... assistant mechanical effects
Danny Lee ... mechanical effects supervisor
Eric Allard ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Gary D'Amico ... special effects (uncredited)
Richard L. Hill ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Allen Hurd ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Hans Metz ... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Mike Reedy ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ken Speed ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Fred E. Branson ... optical printer operator
Bob Broughton ... optical photography coordinator (as Robert Broughton)
Art Cruickshank ... director of miniature photography
Harrison Ellenshaw ... matte artist
Peter Ellenshaw ... miniature effects creator / miniature effects supervisor
Constantine Ganakes ... assistant matte artist
Joe Hale ... animation special effects
Ray O. Hoar ... optical printer operator
Ted Kierscey ... animator (as Ted C. Kierscey)
Bill Kilduff ... operator: A.C.E.S.
Dorse A. Lanpher ... animator
Eustace Lycett ... composite optical photography
David Mattingly ... assistant matte artist
Stephen McEveety ... production assistant: miniatures unit (as Stephen M. McEveety)
Phil Meador ... optical printer operator (as Philip L. Meador)
Arthur Miller ... matte photography
Roger Redel ... gaffer: miniatures unit (as Roger E. Redel)
Forrest Reed ... key grip: miniatures unit (as Doc Reed)
Terence Saunders ... chief model maker / miniature mechanical effects
Ed Sekac ... matte photography
Robert R. Wilson ... operator: A.C.E.S.
John Aardal ... optical printer operator (uncredited)
Thomas Baker ... main title graphics (uncredited)
Brad Bird ... effects assistant animator (uncredited)
Mike Edmonson ... special effects miniatures (uncredited)
John Hughes ... cg animator: green grid sequence opening titles (uncredited)
Don Paul ... effects assistant animator (uncredited)
Ron Saks ... vfx development (uncredited)
Barry Seybert ... graphic artist: opening titles (uncredited)


Bill Couch ... stunts
Howard Curtis ... stunts
Len Glascow ... stunts
Bob Herron ... stunts
Billy Bob Jackson ... stunts (as Billy Jackson)
Melvin Jones ... stunts
Katee McClure ... stunts
Stevie Myers ... stunts
Terry Nichols ... stunts
Alan Oliney ... stunts
Ron Oliney ... stunts (as Ronald Oliney)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunts (as Conrad Palmisano)
Regina Parton ... stunts
Don Pulford ... stunts
Ernest Robinson ... stunts
Bobby Sargent ... stunts
Bob Herron ... stunt double: Ernest Borgnine (uncredited)
Nancy McLoughlin ... stunt double: Yvette Mimieux (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt double: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Lloyd Ahern II ... camera operator (as Lloyd N. Ahern)
Bernie Bayless ... best boy (as Bernard F. Bayless)
Carl Boles ... gaffer
Don Capel ... key grip (as Donald Capel)
Howard Hagadorn ... second grip (as Howard L. Hagadorn)
Robert LaBonge ... first assistant camera
Cecil Wilson ... second assistant camera (as Cecil R. Wilson)
Owen Crompton ... grip department head (uncredited)
Dan Delgado ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer ... still photographer (uncredited)
Herbert Hughes ... electrical department head (uncredited)
Sid Lucero ... grip (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Saks ... vfx camera operator (uncredited)
Dan Smith ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Dave Spencer ... still photographer (uncredited)
Joseph A. Unsinn ... coordinator: TV monitor (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Mary Dye ... costumer
Chuck Keehne ... costume supervisor
Jack Sandeen ... costumer
John George ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)

Music Department

John Barry ... conductor
Craig Huxley ... Producer Enterprise Sound Package, Blaster Beam, synthesizers
Evelyn Kennedy ... supervising music editor
Helen Sneddon ... music editor
Tony Terran ... musician
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Sandy Nelson ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

George McGinnis ... creator: robots (as George F. McGinnis)
Tom McLoughlin ... coordinator: sentry robots (as Tommy McLoughlin)
Kimberley Coy ... publicist (uncredited)
Boyce R. Doyle ... special consultant: end credits (uncredited)
Robert Thurlwell ... craft service (uncredited)
Jim Willis ... craft service (uncredited)
Dana Winseman ... video playback services (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies




Special Effects


Other Companies



Plot Summary

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 out a way to flee from Reinhardt -- before it's too late. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

Plot Keywords
Taglines There is an inexorable force in the cosmos, a place where time and space converge. A place beyond man's vision...but not beyond his reach. See more »
Parents Guide View content advisory »

Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Space Probe (United States)
  • Space Station One (United States)
  • Le trou noir (France)
  • Das schwarze Loch (Germany)
  • El abismo negro (Spain)
  • See more »
  • 98 min
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia This film and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (released 13 days prior) were among the last 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. When the film initially received a Blu-ray release from the Disney Movie Club service, it lacked the overture by mistake. This oversight was corrected in future printings of the disc, but unless one buys it directly from the service, there's no way to tell the difference between both discs if one buys it secondhand. See more »
Goofs At the very start of the movie, when Vincent announces, "The largest black hole I have ever seen, Mr. Pizer," and Pizer replies, "Hmm. Let's look at it on the holograph," the viewer can see someone's hand turning Vincent by his left foot. The hand stays there for a moment before pulling back off-camera. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Devil and Max Devlin (1981). See more »
Quotes Dr. Hans Reinhardt: The word "impossible", Mr. Booth, is only found in the dictionary of fools.
See more »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed