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
Rating: 3/4 -- The problem...is that the protagonist, Schell, is nuts, and we find it difficult to root for him. The other characters are never fully developed, and so the picture becomes a triumph of style over substance. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- An elegant, if stubbornly unexciting, popcorn-muncher that flips into a chin-scratcher, with a crew of mostly bland heroes. Full Review
It is good to see the Disney craftsmen doing what they do best on such a grand and risky scale. If one has time for only one space opera this season, this is the one to choose. Full Review
It cost half as much as Star Trek and looks better -- not as lavish, perhaps, but more original. The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so.
New York Times
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)
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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