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…
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!!
Director: John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin & The French Connection 2)
Producer: Robert Evans (Chinatown, The Godfather & Marathon Man)
Writer: Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs & Hannibal)
Starring: Robert Shaw (Jaws, From Russia with Love & Force Ten from Navarone)
Also Starring: Bruce Dern (Bloody Mama, The Laughing Policeman & Django Unchained)
As you can clearly see, Black Sunday has got a deep, deep thriller-pedigree. The story is a good one too - It follows two Israeli operatives as they pursue members of the "Black September" terrorist organization, and attempt to thwart their plan to assassinate 80,000 Americans (including the President) while attending the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. Touching on themes of political sovereignty, America's third-world abuses and…
An underrated disaster / thriller film, with a great manic performance by Bruce Dern.
Sluggish/overlong. Dern does some weird work. Miami street sequence is strong; Super Bowl finale less so.
Normally, I appreciate the slow build-up of a 1970's-era thriller, a time when filmmakers actually took the time to tell a story and develop characters. "Black Sunday" takes that to a whole new level, however, spending far too much time to set this story into motion, so much so that it dilutes the spectacular payoff when we finally get to it.
The plot is quite intricate, based on a novel by Hannibal Lector creator Thomas Harris, and director John Frankenheimer is a master at staging action sequences. That shows in the amazing conclusion to the film, featuring some of the best ariel photography I've seen in any movie. Made long before green screens became common practice, this features a spectacular…
Decent thriller with good performances from Bruce Dern and Robert Shaw.
The poster is a lie. The blimp doesn't say SUPER BOWL, it says GOOD YEAR. And they advertise the shit out of that company throughout the entire movie. Good Year, for your overpriced auto-maintenance and terrorist transportation.
The last 30 minutes are the only reason to watch this film. The rest of it is mostly dull and uninteresting, with some idiot law enforcement in one chase scene, and a terrorist who can shoot a little too well in another. But the last 30 minutes is exactly what you would hope for. Tension, race against time, blimp hijacking, the stunt work done with landing on the blimp, the shooting, etc. It's just that the fuse took a little too long to…
A Palestini terrorist group recruit a psychotic, disgruntled American war veteran in a plot to use the "Goodyear Blimp" in a terrorist attack on the American football Superbowl.
Very good movie. At over two hours, it could've been edited down a bit though. I still recommend it, though.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film contains two scenes I won't soon forget. One is the blimp chase. I've heard a few times before how great it is but seeing it for the first time I am convinced it is one of the best action sequences I've ever seen. Breathtaking, brilliant, and original.
The other seen that stood out is Bruce Dern's near mental breakdown while explaining why he's turned against his country. He managed to make me feel for him. And that's saying something...feeling sympathy for a guy about to perform a terrorist attack.
post-Vietnam mixed with post-Munich terrorism.
like Day of the Jackal meets Heat.
great performance from Dern.
way too much fat, but the last act is pretty damn tense.
Before the blimp crashes into the stadium, the film is pure bliss, Frankenheimer being Frankenheimer while also borrowing more than a bit from Hitchcock (cf. the entire dread-filled build-up to the Super Bowl attack, which naturally includes a gratuitous cameo by the director) (as a director, no less). Of course this thing features fantastic action set-pieces (especially that extended take of Shaw's team infiltrating Marthe Keller's compound), quality chase sequences, some gorgeous compositions (cf. the shot / reverse-shot debriefing at dusk with the Washington Momument & Lincoln Memorial in the backgrounds, or the Lang-like shadowed image of a gun-in-hand Shaw bursting into Michael Gazzo's office), and Bruce Dern doing yeoman's work in making his PTSD-suffering ex-POW a sympathetic terrorist. I'd be…
All the films I could find that QT uses as reference points in his films.
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