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on June 8, 2000
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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on July 7, 2000
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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on 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. The result is that by today's standards, the film falls short of being totally convincing in several scenes.
Nevertheless, the editing is wonderful, the score huge, the acting great, and the story intriguing. It more than makes up for a few of those shots.
Seekers of intelligent thrillers will not be let down.
Sunday will never be the same.
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on December 11, 2005
The movie Black Sunday is a good movie that runs neck and neck with the current state of the world, especially with this terrorist puppet show thats being broadcasted around the world to induce fear. The movie also has a special place in my heart because when I was 7 years old my father worked a management position at the Miami Orange Bowl and allowed me and my brother to watch the filming of the stadium scenes of the movie involving the Good Year Blimp over the field and the crowd in the stadium freaking out and running for their lives. I remember when the stadium freak-out scene was being shot the extra's were on the field and the director said "action" and everyone went running and screaming from the blimp prop and then one of the extra's (an old lady) ruined one of the shots by saying "oooooh" and picking up a quarter she found on the feild, lol . But any how , If your into good terrorist movies and 70's cinematography, you'll enjoy this creative movie that involves a plot to savatage a Super Bowl game with a terrorist act of flying a blimp over the stadium field and igniting a contraption beneath the blimp that shoots out thousands of fragments that would shread the croud to peices and the football players! Will the crowd and the players be shreaded to pieces? Will the terrorist get away with crazy scheme? You'll have to watch the movie and see for yourself!
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on January 7, 2005
Some movies show their age shortly after they were made. This is one that was written by Thomas Harris (Red Dragon (Manhunter), Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal) 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 because you know it isn't real even though it would be horrid if it was. 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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on August 6, 2014
You expect a bit more from John Frankenheimer, but this was the beginning of a long slump that only resolved in the 90s (with masterpieces like RONIN). This one has its moments--a superb street case climaxing in a shoot-out on a beach--but it's also drawn-out and plodding, with a host of uninteresting characters. A tighter edit would have helped.
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VINE VOICEon January 2, 2016
Black Sunday is everything right about Hollywood. Starting with a gifted writer, Thomas Harris, "Silence of the Lambs" and "Red Dragon," also excellent adaptations. Ernest Lehman as screenwriter. John Frankenheimer as director, say no more.

Bruce Dern at his Psychotic best. Robert Shaw as cool as can be. Marthe Keller was absolutely one of Hollywood's superb ice-queens in this role.

Add John Williams as composer and you have a Hollywood Blockbuster.

The movie is also chilling when you reflect on recent terrorism...

I absolutely love this movie and it is in my Top 100.
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on February 18, 2013
Black Sunday(1977) is a suspense-thriller released in the Summer of 1977. It was beaten at the box office by Star Wars(1977), Smokey and the Bandit(1977) and The Spy Who Loved Me(1977). The film was based on a novel by Thomas Harris(The creator of Hannibal Lecter). The film has a good, nail biter music score by John Williams. The film portrays its bad guys as human and its heroes as "anti-heroes". The film does get violent at times. People get shot and blown up! A terrorist goes on a killing spree in one scene. The late Robert Shaw played Kabakov, an Israeli officer who must stop a terrorist attack during the Superbowl. Bruce Dern played a crazy Vietnam Vet who helps the bad guys. Black Sunday has a gritty, real world feel. Parts of the film look like a documentary. Black Sunday is an underrated 1970's thriller.
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on February 11, 2012
Before 911 this movie seemed so far-fetched and outrageous that no one even remotely took it seriously. Not so anymore. These days the government is hiring hollywood writers for their creative input, nothing is off the board and everything is considered, no matter how crazy it may sound. I read they even make these writers sign secrecy agreements not to disclose the ideas discussed.

These days many movie scripts and book proposals get buried if the ideas presented get too creative. Paladin Press for example, was sued and lost a huge lawsuit after someone bought their book 'Hit Man' by Rex Feral, fancied himself a professional killer and promptly murdered three people. It seems you cannot print anything you want, not anymore. BTW, it came out at the trial that the author was actually a woman from Florida.

Movies like Black Sunday, Two Minute Warning, Day of the Jackal, The Kidnapping of the President, etc. are actually used as training films in law enforcement academies and three-lettered agencies.

I don't believe Black Sunday would be made today, not in our litigious society.

Bruce Dern who plays the terrorist in this movie said in an interview that he would never make this movie today because"...somebody might really be able to do that."
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on September 30, 2003
This movie, based on a book by Thomas Harris ("Silence of the Lambs" and "Red Dragon") is a terrific action-thriller about a terrorist plot to inflict mass casualties upon attendees at a Super Bowl game (which the Cowboys just BARELY lost, by the way).
Robert Shaw portrayed the operative determined to stop the plot. His methods were extremely direct and effective -- he simply eliminated terrorists wherever he encountered them (except during a moment of weakness, when he came upon Marthe in the shower, at the first of the film, which proved to be a costly mistake). Shaw's character acted in a totally unilateral fashion, never halting to form a coalition or obtain United Nations approval. He never whined, "Why do they hate us?" He did not reach out to the terrorists with a friendly hand bearing tolerance, inclusion, diversity or compassion. His intent was to protect people from being attacked by terrorists, and he knew that the only way to do that is to kill them first -- he knew that NOTHING else works, against terrorists determined to kill you. He was absolutely right, and that's why everyone liked his character so much.
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