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      The Black Hole

      PG Released Dec 18, 1979 1 hr. 37 min. Sci-Fi List
      43% 37 Reviews Tomatometer 45% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score In the future, a spaceship dubbed the USS Palomino is on its way back to Earth when it discovers another ship that had been assumed missing, the USS Cygnus. Kate McCrae (Yvette Mimieux), a scientist aboard the Palomino, learns that it's the same ship upon which her father had served as a crew member. When the Palomino's crew boards the Cygnus, they are met by Dr. Reindhardt (Maximilian Schell) and a bizarre, faceless army who plan to be the first people ever to explore a black hole. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 13 Buy Now

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      While lavishly crafted and brimming with ambitious ideas, The Black Hole probes the depths of space with an unexciting story and hokey melodrama.

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      Ninja W Fantastic old style movie, for a low budget movie delivers a pretty nice and fun story Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/26/24 Full Review David W I absolutely loved this movie on its release and having recently rewatched it I still do. There's a wonderful cast who all give strong performances, an iconic pair of robots, great set design, a strong script, incredible special effects for its time and for me, one of the most memorable endings in sci-fi. The musics absolutely fantastic as well. Adore this film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review Satin B 💩 the first time and still 💩 the second 🥱⚠️ Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Alec B Obviously made to capitalize on the success of "Star Wars" but this movie is far stranger and all the better for it. Hard for me to dislike something that ends with such brazenly surreal and gorgeous imagery. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Paul D I fully accept that I'm viewing this movie with nostalgia since I saw it when I was a kid. Having said that, I do think there is a lot to like in this film. The plot is interesting enough, typically true blue sci-fi fare straight out of the classics playbook. A captain and scientist gone mad with ambition and thinking himself beyond reproach, ignoring orders because he knows he's right. That's stuff straight out of Jules Verne right there. Sure, some of it is hammy at times but I don't count that as a strike. The characters that go through this plot also carry many things we consider tropes by todays standard, but the reason for the trope is that these concepts often work well. The stalwart captain, the idealistic scientists, the brash XO, the droid characters who have as much or more humanity then the human characters as well as the evil droid who could be a stand in for a number of villainous archetypes, clad in monotone crimson and with a face that could rival the most nefarious antagonists. Simple with it's upturned "rictus grin" style. It just works. So is it worth your time in 2023? Obviously I am going to suggest it, I'm a fan. And that's what fans do. I would offer the following suggestions to those who may want to try this movie. Go in with an open mind. Remember that this is more space opera than science fiction. Closer to Star Wars than Star Trek (not that Star Trek is scientifically accurate either). Accept that not everything needs to be scientifically accurate (thank you, Neil the ass Tyson) to be fun and good and worth watching. Who cares if it's not 100% in line with current scientific theory? You're watching a film, not preparing your thesis. Embrace the action, embrace the melodrama, and yes, embrace the silliness. This is a classic sci-fi film worth watching in my opinion. It ain't world changing, but the robots are fun, the ship models are interesting, the visuals are entertaining and the characters are tried and true archetypes that work at their core. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review Brent P You might like it if you're into science fiction and aren't expecting your typical Disney schtick. Hard science fiction aims for plausibility by including detailed explanations and technical jargon. When compared to other popular science fiction films of the time, such as Star Wars, it may be more reminiscent of the original Star Trek film. As far as I'm aware, it was the only Disney film of its time to receive a PG rating. This is due to the presence of unsettling, dark themes and a touch of violence. I suppose its surreal ending qualifies it as a cult classic. My only gripe is that it's never made clear whether or not the villain was correct in his assessment of the titular singularity. If you have an hour and 37 minutes to spare and are intrigued, by all means give it a look. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Schickel TIME Magazine 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. Mar 9, 2009 Full Review Time Out 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. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Janet Maslin New York Times 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. May 9, 2005 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies A bizarre Disney-fied mash-up of FORBIDDEN PLANET and STAR WARS, this darker existential story is imperfect but also fascinating. Rated: 3/4 Feb 24, 2024 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) If you have a child in need of distracting, take them without fear to this inoffensive entertainment. In any other case, fear this black hole without end. [Full review in Spanish] Jan 16, 2024 Full Review John Brosnan Starburst For all its undoubted spectacle The Black Hole is fundamentally a disappointment. Buried within it somewhere is a serious picture with an adult theme but only fragments of it remain. Jul 25, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In the future, a spaceship dubbed the USS Palomino is on its way back to Earth when it discovers another ship that had been assumed missing, the USS Cygnus. Kate McCrae (Yvette Mimieux), a scientist aboard the Palomino, learns that it's the same ship upon which her father had served as a crew member. When the Palomino's crew boards the Cygnus, they are met by Dr. Reindhardt (Maximilian Schell) and a bizarre, faceless army who plan to be the first people ever to explore a black hole.
      Director
      Gary Nelson
      Screenwriter
      Jeb Rosebrook, Gerry Day
      Production Co
      Walt Disney Productions
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 18, 1979, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2014
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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