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Black Sunday

Black Sunday (1977)


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Release Date: Mar 11, 1977 Wide



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Bruce Dern is ideally cast as Lander, a crazed Vietnam veteran, in Black Sunday. Lander joins terrorists Dahlia (Marthe Keller) and Fasil (Bekim Fehmu) in a plot to create a bloodbath at the annual Super Bowl. Piloting the ubiquitous Goodyear blimp, Lander is to ram the aircraft into the capacity Orange Bowl crowd, then fire thousands of poisoned darts into the fleeing spectators. Israeli military officer Kabakov (Robert Shaw) struggles to thwart Lander's plan before it comes to fruition. ~ Hal

Oct 14, 2003

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A film that was 25 years ahead of its time, John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday is an intelligently written, complex and constantly intense thriller that builds to an extremely exciting climax.

June 4, 2007

Since its protagonists are anti-heroic and its antagonists are admirable, it will be hard for audiences to identify with segments of the movie.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

What begins as a dark, uncompromising, character-driven thriller ends in histrionics.

April 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's not as campy as the Airport flicks, nor as thrilling as James Bond, but taken as a sort of combo between the two, you could certainly do a lot worse.

February 22, 2004 Full Review Source:

One of the all-time great thrillers. It does not seem as far-fetched today as when it was originally released.

November 29, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

You simply haven't lived until you've seen the innocuous Good Year Blimp turned into an instrument of death.

October 11, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Black Sunday

Tense, thrilling and highly entertaining action thriller, Black Sunday is one of the defining films of the 1970's. With a brilliant cast and a well crafted plot based on the novel by Thomas Harris, this is an exciting and taut thrill ride from start to finish. Director John Frankenheimer direction is terrific and he delivers a picture that can stand up to any other action film of the period. Robert Shaw is terrific in his performance along with that of Bruce Dern who is a suicidal Former P.O.W who teams up with a Black September terrorist to orchestrate a terrorist attack at a Super Bowl. Shaw is on Dern's trail as a Mossad agent who has to stop the plot. Brilliant movie that has some great characters and an action packed plot that will entertain you from the start right up till the memorable climax. This is a standout film that is aided by a strong cast to deliver a picture that is among the most action packed thrillers I've seen in recent memory. Black Sunday is a great film that is action in its basic form. The film uses basic action film elements to create something intense and doesn't overdo anything like so many recent action films. This is a great picture that is brilliantly directed and is constantly thrilling. Movies like this are rare, and it's always a treat to watch something that has a great cast and effective action that doesn't boast computerized sequences. Black Sunday is a great ride from start to finish, one that will delight cinema buffs looking for a traditional action thriller that boasts a great story, instead of elaborate effects. Films like this are wonderful to watch, and they pack for thrills than many other films in the genre.
June 9, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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John Frankenheimer's thriller based on the novel by Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs, about terrorists planning to cause mayhem at a Super Bowl football game. Maniacs on both sides of the law (Robert Shaw and Bruce Dern) explain their motives, but it's the violent action that makes the film so heavy and yet so exciting. The clash between police helicopters and a hijacked blimp is the highlight of the outstanding set pieces. It's the sort of thing that Frankenheimer can do with one hand tied behind his back.

Though the film could've been more effectively tight with a shorter running time, Black Sunday benefits from its' technical skill, drawn-out suspense and character development.
April 2, 2009
El Hombre Invisible

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John Frankenheimer's intelligent, thrilling film based on Thomas Harris's best selling novel, about an Isreali commando named Kabakov, played by the late Robert Shaw who delivers a brilliant performance, during a raid on a terrorist headquarters he discovers a plot by the Black September terrorist organization to annihilate 80,000 people at the Super Bowl; with a Goodyear blimp loaded with a powerful projectile weapon of mass distruction. Astute direction by John Frankheimer, with outstanding performances by the entire cast, Marthe Keller and Bekim Fehmu deliver superlative turns as the head terrorists, Fritz Weaver is solid as a F.B.I agent and Bruce Dern is a standout as a deranged Vietnam veteran who is a key player in the terrorist plot. Nail-bitting suspense with marvelous action sequences, and a incredible aerial chase finale between a the deadly Goodyear blimp; and a cargo helicopter with Shaw and Weaver abroad trying to stop the blimp before it reaches the stadium. A throughly engrossing film. Highly Recommended.
January 21, 2012

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    1. Lansing: Canceling the Super Bowl. That's like canceling Christmas.
    – Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
    1. Lander: We're champions!
    – Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
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