The Black Hole
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 3, 2004
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, Tommy McLoughlin & Roddy McDowall|
|Directed by||Gary Nelson|
|Edited by||Gregg McLaughlin|
|Written by||Jeb Rosebrook & Gerry Day|
|Composition by||John Barry|
|Cinematography by||Frank V. Phillips|
|Story by||Jeb Rosebrook & Bob Barbash|
|Produced by||Ron Miller|
Rating: 2/4 -- Takes us all the way to the rim of space only to bog us down in a talky melodrama whipped up out of mad scientists and haunted houses. Full Review
Disney's most ambitious and costly production to date -- about a spaceship crew which encounters a Black Hole and a long-lost madman -- and if looks were everything, you could hardly fault it. Full Review
The end result of this recipe -- cooked with very little conviction, but with a generous budget -- is one more chapter in a story that has been told before. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Rating: C+ -- Is let down by the weak script. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: C -- Despite Oscar nominations for cinematography and visual effects, the Black Hole, an attempt to cash in on the sucess of Star Wars, leaves much to be desired. Full Review
The science of this fiction is as hokey as the drama, but the imaginative art design and excellent special effects are magnificent. Full Review
Turner Classic Movies Online
...The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so....As comic books go, this one is pretty much a page-turner.
New York Times
A space crew travelling the cosmos runs into a long-missing craft, manned by Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell). Upon meeting Reinhardt, the astronauts discover that not only is he insane, but also he is steadfast in his efforts to travel through a nearby "black hole," an abyss from which no one can escape. Matters worsen when Reinhardt holds the crew captive, after realizing that they can help him reach his goal. The squad must now figure out a way to flee from Reinhardt -- before it's too late...This attempt to gain a piece of the 'Star Wars' audience comprised Disney's first entry into the world of the PG rating. The film, not a huge success in 1979, has since gained a cult following due to its ominous tone and innovative visual design and effects.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Black Hole
The U.S.S. Cygnus is perched precariously at the edge of a black hole -- the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown. And so begins a story that only Disney's film magicians could tell. A story of robots and humanoids. Of human genius and madness. And a spectacular descent into nature's ultimate mystery -- The Black Hole.
Action | Adventure | Science-Fiction | Space Exploration | Thriller | Hell | Robots / Cyborgs | Space Opera | Theatrical Release | Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy | Disney Film | Scientists | Space Travel | Space | Spaceships
- Color by Technicolor. Shot in Technovision.
- Additional cast: Tommy McLoughlin (Capt. S.T.A.R).
- Additional credits: Bob Barbash (story), Robert T. McCall (art director), Roger M. Shook (set decorator), Robert J. Schiffer (makeup supervisor).
- The film was, at the time, The Walt Disney Company's most expensive.
- The murderous robot, invented and manipulated by the character Hans Reinhardt, portrayed by Maximilian Schell, is actually named Maximilian.
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