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Black Sunday (1977)




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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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Harris, Ernest Lehman, Kenneth Ross, Ivan Moffat
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2003
Anchor Bay Entertainment


Robert Shaw
as Maj. David Kabakov
Bruce Dern
as Capt. Michael J. Lan...
Marthe Keller
as Dahlia Iyad
Fritz Weaver
as Sam Corley
Steven Keats
as Moshevsky
Walter Gotell
as Col. Riaf
James Jeter
as Watchman
Clyde Kusatsu
as Freighter Captain
Than Wyenn
as Israeli Ambassador
Jack Rader
as Pearson
Frank Logan
as Lansing
Kim Nicholas
as Girl Hostage
Hunter von Leer
as T.V. Cameraman
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Critic Reviews for Black Sunday

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday did not convince or move me, even in its occasional tense moments.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
The Spectator

Super-abundantly produced terrorism thriller.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Pretty damned tense and enjoyable, although it runs slow in some parts.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


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.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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