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Black Sunday (1977)

Robert Shaw , Bruce Dern , John Frankenheimer  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Steven Keats
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: Ernest Lehman, Ivan Moffat, Kenneth Ross, Thomas Harris
  • Producers: Alan Levine, Robert Evans, Robert L. Rosen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHOA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 1-MAR-2004
Media Type: DVD

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Sunday: Terrorists Playing at the Superbowl June 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
John Frankenheimer is an excellent action director. In Black Sunday he directs a thrilling story of terrorists trying to blow up the Superbowl with a blimp full of lethal darts. Bruce Dern is great as the bitter blimp pilot who throws his lot with Martha Keller, a Palistinian, who just barely keeps Dern from cracking up. Robert Shaw is excellent as the Iraeli agent tracking down the villians, from the first roots in the Middle East, leading eventually to America, and terminating in a showdown at the Superbowl.The action is good and the actors are well directed by Frankenheimer, who of course did the immortal "Manchurian Candidate," and pilots this action film to a smashing climax. Even after first seeing this movie, I am still haunted by Dern's sad portrait of a broken man and the horrific experiment he performs on an unsuspecting man of his exploding darts that make hamburger out of the man posing for what he thinks is a strange camera. A good example of Frankenheimer's style and art of direction.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Sunday July 7, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Black Sunday is a prime example of great seventies movie making. Thomas Harris(Silence of the lambs, red dragon) gave John Frankenheimer a lot of meat Here, we are introduced to real characters. Who have real dilemmas. Bruce Dern is haunting as Lander -- a pilot who is pushed(some by his own doing) into insanity. Marthe Keller is wonderful as a terrorist who wants to see the "mission" through. And Robert Shaw. Robert Shaw. Boy do I miss him. Scenes where he is absolutely outstanding: questioning an importer, asking a favor from another terrorist, and of course the ending. Man I wish they would re-make this. But they would probably screw it up. The aerial photography is some of the best put on celluloid. And John Williams' score is awesome. See Black Sunday.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic Thriller Rides High August 9, 2003
I remember after this film was first released in the Seventies speaking with someone who saw it, and though they liked it, found it unbelievable. "I just don't picture a bunch of terrorists being able to come over to the US and get away with anything" the person said. Time has shown us how right director John Frankenheimer's film "Black Sunday" was, and that we truly lived in a "sleeping America".
From the almost documentary-like opening title sequence, devoid of music and replete with the sounds of a foreign land, this suspense epic builds slowly and with unique conviction. The terrorists are all played realistically and no one goes overboard into the realm of ham. Shaw is gritty and and steel-eyed as he works against the clock to stop the plot.
Bruce Dern plays an ex-Vietnam helicopter vet hired by the terrorists to aid them in their plot to explode a uniquely devasting bomb at the Super Bowl. He is at his psychotic best, and one scene, late in the film, is particularly intense as we watch him break down before the camera and reveal just how deeply distrubed he truly is.
The score by John Williams is one of his best, using a simple 8 note motif that is introduced early in the film with piano and flute, and by the film's climax, is heard in thudering orchestral glory.
This is suspense thriller with a brain, so don't expect wild action from scene one. It builds slowly, with sporadic action scenes interspersed, as it aims toward it's climx at the big game.
Ironically, the film's achilles heel are it's special effects near the film's end. Cinematographer John Alonzo was alowed to handle the effects shots and later, the director had to redo most of them at the last minute.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Movie that is still Timely January 7, 2005
Some movies show their age shortly after they were made. This is one that was written by Thomas Harris that is still timely. At the time it was fresh to the terrorist taking over the Olympics, but now it seems timely because of the activities in the Middle East. Robert Shaw and Bruce Dern especially turn in fine performances. The support cast is good as well. The music by John Williams is good as always. The addition of shots of the real Goodyear blimp and the Superbowl X game add to the believability. We even see Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staughbach, and the other real players for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. During the scene where the people stampede, you may find yourself mooing. Fans of "Two Minute Warning" should love it. I bought this since it is still a good movie and the price is great. Not much in the way of extras, but excellent picture and sound quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Film, Excellent Quality - No Extras! November 15, 2003
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The film by the late John Frankenheimer wasn`t the success it was hoped for. Too bad, because "Black Sunday" would have been worth it. Although a big-budget film (a Robert Evans production) it is not superficial at all. It cares for its plot, which is not the cliché you can expect from actual productions of a similar theme. The 70`s were different, and Frankenheimer was a perfect director to create dramatic tension and believable characters. He is helped by excellent (though underrated) actors: the great Robert Shaw (maybe in his last fine film)plays the lead against Bruce Dern and Marthe Keller. The soundtrack by John Williams is equally fine (and develops the thrilling aspects of the movie). All in all this is a film which is impossible to make in the same way today. Just imagine a terrorist thriller nowadays: Produced by Michael Bay, starring Bruce Willis instead of Shaw and bad guys that are presented like the one from "Bad Boys 2"- pure horror...
The DVD by Paramount has a very good picture and the sound is available in restored mono and in perfect 5.1 surround. As Shaw and Frankenheimer are dead, I didn`t expect a making of or deleted scenes but I think a theatrical trailer should be the minimum for a DVD from such a big studio. Still, this is worth buying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - good quality recording
Highly recommended if you're looking for this old thriller. The DVD quality is top notch, unlike some other DVDs we've purchased from other sellers via Amazon. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Larry
3.0 out of 5 stars Why Not the World Cup?
When I was in high school -- not too long after this film was released -- I had a friend who had just moved from Africa who told me, "Americans don't really care about terrorism... Read more
Published 25 days ago by KIRK A RADECK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent action movie that is remarkably current
I watched this movie when it first came out in 1977, liked it then, and just watched it again and was surprised that is still remarkably current. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Stout
4.0 out of 5 stars Miami in the 70s
Good thriller with great view of 1970s Miami. Shaw is good as always. Some dated effects but that shouldn't ruin the film for you.
Published 2 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Dern knocks it out of the park - literally
"I just wanted to give the world something to remember me by. If they can do it to me, why can't I do it to them? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric Trenkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd great
I love ,the movie, Black Sunday. Watched it when i was i teen. Really makes u think with today's world like it is.
Published 2 months ago by done1957
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites
I have watched this movie at least a dozen times through the years. So often I forget what a great actor Hollywood has in Bruce Dern.
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Mckeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the Dallas Cowboys Get Crushed by a Massive Blimp.
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1/14: Although both of the films deal with international terrorism, Black Sunday is a much more thrilling picture than The Day of the Jackal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good thriller
This movie was released in the late seventies, and was surprisingly well done. It is long (over two hours) but the plot is complex, and keeps the attention of the viewer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy J. Wiggins
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Here is a story about disenfranchised people whose paths cross for diabolical reasons. The pace is fast and the action is exciting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Meyers
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