New York Times - 12/21/1979
"...The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so....As comic books go, this one is pretty much a page-turner."
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.
Disney Film |
Family (General) |
Robots / Cyborgs |
Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy |
Science Fiction |
Space Exploration |
Space Opera |
Space Travel |
Theatrical Release |
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.