Black Sunday (1977)
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John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday did not convince or move me, even in its occasional tense moments.
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.
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.
Pretty damned tense and enjoyable, although it runs slow in some parts.
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.
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