All the films I could find that QT uses as reference points in his films.
1-48 Reservoir Dogs (Django of…
It could be tomorrow!
An Israeli anti-terrorist agent must stop a disgruntled Vietnam vet cooperating in a plot to commit a terrorist plot at the Super Bowl.
No, not the Mario Bava one. There are no blimps in that one. Are there?
It was interesting reading some of the material around relating to the release of Black Sunday, and of particular interest to me was the reported reaction to a test screening that Paramount did for the film back in 1977. The Wikipedia entry for this film (yes, I know, but still) claims that industry insiders believed, based on that reaction, that Black Sunday would be 'the new Jaws'.
It's probably complete bollocks but if true it's still bollocks. Black Sunday isn't really multiplex-packing entertainment in the way that Jaws was. Of course, some of the genius of Jaws is that it wasn't just a crowd pleaser…
Una muestra tardía del maravilloso thriller de acción de los setenta (quizá la última grande, dado que luego llegarían ya los actioners puros y duros de los ochenta). Vista hoy, llama la atención en 'Domingo negro' su ritmo orgánico, su progresión narrativa perfecta y sus actores en estado de gracia. Aunque el 'name dropping' me parece algo feo, no se puede ni se debe evitar señalar que se juntan aquí una serie de fenómenos superiores: produjo Robert Evans, puso la música John Williams y dirigió John Frankenheimer, sobre un guión basado en la novela de Thomas Harris. Dream Team.
Item mas: Si queréis ver de donde viene la magistral 'Munich' de Spielberg, aquí tenéis la respuesta.
"The American people have remained deaf to all the cries of the Palestinian nation, but if a foreign people took over the states of Virginia, Georgia, and New Jersey and forced the people of those states to leave their homes and lands, would they not feel bitter and betrayed? Therefore, understand how we feel. People of America, this situation is unbearable for us. Until you understand that, and stop helping the Israelis with arms and money, we of the Black September movement will make it unbearable for you. From now on you will share our suffering. Today's horror is nothing to what will happen unless your government acts now. We have begun the year for you with bloodshed. I shall…
Bon thriller dels 70, amb una progressió narrativa que va a més, amb interessants sequencies d'acció, fins arribar a una mitja hora final fantàstica. Alguns effectes especials no han envellit bé, però el ritme i tensió es mantenen.
Great 70's thriller, with a progressive narration (including interesting action set-pieces) until a fantastic final half an hour. Some special effects has not aged well, but the rhythm and tension are still great.
Awesome entertainment and highly charged style in this unusual espionage thriller that could have only been made by John Frankenheimer.
All three lead actors give great performances: Robert Shaw, Marthe Keller, and of course the wonderful Bruce Dern.
Black September group has hatched a plot to assassinate the president of the United States as well as 80,000 spectators at the super bowl by using a disgruntled and mentally unstable Vietnam veteran.
While the conspiracy definitely lacks some verisimilitude the action is so well directed that the film manages to keep the audience tensely watching to see what will happen.
Last half hour of the movie is extremely exciting and is a climax to be studied.
There is actually not one…
Features a Grand Theft Auto style run from the law, a helicopter vs blimp showdown, and much of the finale was shot at the actual Super Bowl!!
A Palestinian terrorist group called Black September plans an attack to America during the opening of the Super Bowl season in Miami. The FBI counts on veteran Israeli agent David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) to stop Dahlia Iyad (Marthe Keller) and her main collaborator, Michael Lander (Bruce Dern), a resentful American war hero with psychological problems, to say the least, from killing thousands of unsuspecting football aficionados.
Black Sunday is an absolute marvel of a thrilling film, directed by the master John Frankenheimer. The excellent screenplay was based on Thomas Harris' first novel, and it does a very good job at drawing the characters' most inner motivations, as well as the blurring lines between good and evil with regard to its…
A vastly superior action thriller from John Frankenheimer, unfairly underrated and little seen by modern audiences. This is a film that needs to be rediscovered.
The film exists for ONE gimmick, and it's on the poster. Basically, this is a film in which Bruce Dern is supposed to fly the Goodyear blimp, almost like a bomber plane, and blow up the Super Bowl. To be honest, this concept is both one of the most insanely brilliant and ridiculous ideas I could think of. Considering that Dern plays one of the many Vietnam War vets who were wronged by Uncle Sam (Travis Bickle and John Rambo feel similarly), there's a lot of compelling subtext about American patriotism that forms halfway through when the chaos of Dern's character gives a rousing speech to his female partner as he wears his uniform, wondering where his moment of respect…
Starts off as a rather muddy terrorist thriller held together by a terrific turn from Bruice Dern as a believably unhinged Vietnam vet intent on committing suicide in the biggest way possible. Marthe Keller is also good as the Palestinian freedom fighter intent on manipulating his nihilism for her organisation's benefit but it doesn't really come together until the big blimp/Super Bowl finale allows John Frankenheimer to really exercise his technical chops.
I'm just not as sold on this film as other critics seem to be. The first half is dingy and boringly directed, and Marthe Keller seems to have a problem speaking English without sounding like she has a mouth full of marbles. There's also a poorly edited speedboat chase that is so bad, it seems like it came out of Speed 2: Cruise Control.
Things turn around after an admittedly brazen shootout/pursuit on the streets and beaches of Miami around the halfway point. Then the film picks up steam and progresses toward its impressively staged finale. Dern also has one truly powerful monologue that captures why some lost souls turn to terrorism to find meaning in their lives.
This movie seems more current today, than when it came out in the 70s. I love the suspenful scene with the nurse with the poison needle.
Bruce Dern is great in this one!
Yeah, what is that Super Bowl anyway? The mighty Shaw as a Mossad agent with an unnecessary accent and a dedicated attitude in a sturdy thriller dealing with the threat of terrorism. The plot is doing what it's supposed to do, slowly and relentlessly building its way up to the attack. A cunning plan with an ingenious bomb carried out by two quite fascinating terrorists. Keller is excellent as a devoted member of Black September, but it's really Dern who steals the show as an unstable, yet committed pilot, getting back at what he once fought for. The poster scene is terrific.
Just another great '70s paranoia thriller. No idea why this has been so overlooked; only explanation is that critics decided Frankenheimer was only allowed one MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, so the thematically & narratively similar BLACK SUNDAY got locked up in cinema jail. Let's bust it out.
This occupies a space between THE PARALLAX VIEW and CAPRICORN ONE, borrowing the thoughtful political underpinnings of the former and the great aerial action of the latter. I was riveted from start to finish, from trying to figure out a terror group's plan to watching timed explosives blow up a building in a scene that would make Michael Bay proud to identifying the extent of a man's PTSD & brainwashing to perversely enjoying the procedural aspects of…
All the films I could find that QT uses as reference points in his films.
The list is from the book by Jennifer Eiss. A lot of these have surpassed cult status, but it's a…