Movies that are slightly off.
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!!
Never seen this before – crackerjack mid-period thriller from John Frankenheimer, the supposed journeyman who turned out several works of auteurist genius in his day. This is not quite as weird or gripping as The Manchurian Candidate or Seconds, more on the level of his equally underrated war movie The Train. Adapted from the rigorous pulp bestseller by Thomas Harris, it was apparently conceived as a major potential blockbuster for 1977, despite its fairly epic length and borderline sympathy for the "devil" – as with Day of The Jackal as much screen time is expended on Bruce Dern's Vietnam vet turned mad bomber and Marthe Keller's pro-Palestinian terrorist fixer as on Robert Shaw's hardcore-yet-wearying Israeli security agent. And as befits…
Week 13: Mar. 25-Mar. 31
70's Disaster Movie Week
Absolutely perfect Sunday afternoon entertainment.
John Frankenheimer powerful movie version of Thomas Harris' ( Silence of the Lambs ) early novel. The story of a Black September terrorist plot to blow up the Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium and the president of the United States in attendance.
Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern and Marthe Keller star, with Shaw being excellent.
Complete with a Jimmy Carter look-alike.
This movie was surprisingly good! (Not surprisingly great, mind you, but I'll settle for good.) I had always been reluctant to see Black Sunday because it's one of those movies that you feel like you've seen without actually seeing it. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that the climactic moment is depicted on the movie poster—which seems like a problem from a marketing perspective, but what the hell do I know?
I don't think I need to include a spoiler alert when I tell you that the film is about a Palestinian terrorist who recruits a mentally unstable Vietnam veteran (Bruce Dern) to pilot a Goodyear blimp into a packed football stadium in order to fire off…
Great shots from Super Bowl X in a picture that could not get made today. (not unique to Black Sunday). Famed producer Robert Evans put together quite a show by getting Goodyear and the NFL's consent to use a blimp to crash into the Super Bowl as a terrorist attack by a Vietnam produced PTSD ridden Bruce Dern. It's pretty wild.
Watch for Robert Shaw's Israeli accent, stay for Bruce Dern's performance.
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…
Lifted from Mubi. All credit for the list goes to @LaursKemp.
[I added Brewster McCloud, HealtH, and Modern Romance]