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Encyclopedia > Black Sunday (1977 film)
Black Sunday
Image:Black Sunday DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Robert Evans
Alan Levine
Robert L. Rosen
Written by Ernest Lehman
Kenneth Ross
Ivan Moffat
Starring Bruce Dern
Robert Shaw
Marthe Keller
Music by John Williams
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Editing by Tom Rolf
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 11 March 1977
Running time 143 minutes
Country US
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile
This article is about the 1977 US film. For the 1960 Italian film, see Black Sunday (1960 film). For other meanings see Black Sunday.

Black Sunday is a 1977 American thriller film based on the novel by Thomas Harris. The film was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture in 1978. Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ... Robert Evans (born Robert J. Shapera June 29, 1930 in New York, New York) is best known as the producer of the films Rosemarys Baby, Love Story, The Godfather and Chinatown. ... Alan Levine is a US major league baseball relief pitcher. ... Ernest Lehman (born December 8, 1915 in New York City - died July 2, 2005 in Los Angeles, California) was a successful screenwriter in Hollywood. ... Kenneth Ross is an Australian playwright and screenwriter best known for writing the 1980 play Breaker Morant, based on the life of Australian soldier Harry Breaker Morant and later adapted into a film by the same name. ... Bruce MacLeish Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American screen actor. ... Robert Shaw as Quint in Jaws. ... FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK ... Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... John Alonzo (born June 12, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, died March 13, 2001) was an American cinematographer who pioneered hand held work, lighting techniques and HD development during his career. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (71st in leap years). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Black Sunday (Italian title: La maschera del demonio) is a 1960 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio De Concini and Mario Serandrei, based very loosely on Nikolai Gogol’s short story Viy. The film stars Barbara Steele, John Richardson, and Ivo Garrani. ... This article is about the novel. ... // Events In the Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight win Best Actor and Actress and Supporting Actress awards for Network. ... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... This article is about the novel. ... Thomas Harris. ... The Edgar Allen Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. ...

Contents

Plot

Michael Lander (Dern) is an American blimp pilot deranged by years of torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, a failed marriage, and a bitter court martial. He longs to commit suicide and take as many people as possible with him, so he conspires with an operative (Keller) from a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September to launch a massive suicide bombing on American soil. Lander plans to detonate a flechette-based bomb, housed on the underside of a blimp, over a football stadium during the Super Bowl. American and Israeli intelligence agencies, led by Mossad agent David Kabakov (Shaw) and FBI agent Sam Corley (Weaver), race to prevent the catastrophe. To add further intrigue and a pall of doom, the President of the United States attends the Super Bowl despite the pleas of Kabakov and Corley. Blimp can refer to: a non-rigid airship as opposed to a rigid airship (e. ... Torture is defined by the United Nations Convention Against Torture as any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... A court-martial (plural courts-martial) is a military court that determines punishments for members of the military subject to military law. ... Rather than surrender to US soldiers, the Mayor (Bürgermeister) of Leipzig, Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ... The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... A Black September terrorist on a balcony in the Olympic Village in September 1972, during what became known as the Munich Massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and killed. ... A suicide bombing is an attack using a bomb in which the individual(s) carrying the explosive materials composing the bomb intend(s) and expect(s) to die upon detonation (see suicide). ... The word flechette is French and means dart (literally, little arrow). It is a projectile having the form of a small metal dart, usually steel, with a sharp-pointed tip and a tail with several vanes to stabilize it during flight. ... Blimp can refer to: a non-rigid airship as opposed to a rigid airship (e. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...   (Hebrew: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים, The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations), often referred to as The Mossad (meaning The Institute), is Israels intelligence agency and is responsible for intelligence collection, counter-terrorism, covert operations such as paramilitary activities, and the facilitation of aliyah where it is banned. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ...


The film was a commercial hit when it was released in 1977. Although director John Frankenheimer lamented serious shortcomings in the visual effects of the climax (due to time and budgetary shortfalls), many critics trumpeted the final scene featuring a helicopter/blimp chase over the Orange Bowl as one of the more riveting and unusual in movie history. Black Sunday also features a film score from John Williams. John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ... The Miami Orange Bowl is a stadium in the City of Miami, Florida, west of Downtown in Little Havana. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


A significant portion of the filming was done during actual Super Bowl X at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, on January 18, 1976. In the movie, Kabakov discusses the security arrangements for the game with Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie, who plays himself. Date January 18, 1976 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Lynn Swann, Wide Receiver Favorite Steelers by 6 National anthem Tom Sullivan Coin toss Norm Schachter Referee Norm Schachter Halftime show Up with People presents 200 Years and Just a Baby: Tribute to Americas Bicentennial Attendance 80... The Miami Orange Bowl is a stadium in the City of Miami, Florida, west of Downtown in Little Havana. ... For other uses, see Miami (disambiguation). ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... Joseph Joe Robbie (b. ...


Differences between the book and the film

  • In the book, the blimp is owned by the Aldrich Rubber Company. In the film, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company agreed to allow its blimp to be used. A representative of Goodyear noted that it is not possible for two people alone to launch the blimp.
  • In the book, the Super Bowl takes place in New Orleans prior to the completion of the Superdome football stadium; in the film it takes place in Miami at the Orange Bowl Stadium.
  • In the book, Kabakov's assistant Mochevsky survives to the end of the story, but Kabakov, the helicopter pilot and the FBI Agent Corley are killed when the blimp explodes after being towed over the Mississippi River. In the film, Mochevsky is killed about halfway through and Kabakov is not killed in the blimp explosion.
  • In the book, Muhammad Fasil, a terrorist who assisted Lander survives and is taken back to Israel (by Mochevsky) to stand trial; in the film, Kabakov shoots and kills him during a running gun battle through Miami in which he kills half a dozen bystanders and police.
  • In the book, Kabakov has a love interest.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ... Superdome can stand for: Louisiana Superdome HP Superdome server ...

Trivia

  • In the actual NFL football game used in the film the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21–17. On January 21, 1979, NBC broadcast "Black Sunday" immediately before Super Bowl XIII, in which Pittsburgh defeated Dallas, 35-31 in the Orange Bowl.
  • The tagline for the poster read: "For 100,000 people, Monday may never come."
  • Comedian and film actor Wayne Federman made his movie debut as an extra in the Orange Bowl pandemonium scene.
  • The inspiration of the story came from the PLO attacks on Israeli Athletes at the 1972 Olympic games. It became the first novel of Thomas Harris who later wrote the "Red Dragon" series.

City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wayne Federman (June 22, 1959 -) is an American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Thomas Harris. ...

External links

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