Black Sunday

Black Sunday

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Director: John Frankenheimer

Cast: John Frankenheimer, Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller

     
 

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Bruce Dern is ideally cast as Lander, a crazed Vietnam veteran, in Black Sunday. Lander joins terrorists Dahlia (Marthe Keller) and Fasil (Bekim Fehmu) in a plot to create a bloodbath at the annual Super Bowl. Piloting the ubiquitous Goodyear blimp, Lander is to ram the aircraft into the capacity Orange Bowl crowd, then fire thousands of poisoned darts into theSee more details below

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Bruce Dern is ideally cast as Lander, a crazed Vietnam veteran, in Black Sunday. Lander joins terrorists Dahlia (Marthe Keller) and Fasil (Bekim Fehmu) in a plot to create a bloodbath at the annual Super Bowl. Piloting the ubiquitous Goodyear blimp, Lander is to ram the aircraft into the capacity Orange Bowl crowd, then fire thousands of poisoned darts into the fleeing spectators. Israeli military officer Kabakov (Robert Shaw) struggles to thwart Lander's plan before it comes to fruition.

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This slick yet brutal thriller has aged surprisingly well. Black Sunday remains fresh today because it plausibly presents a world where the difference between heroes and villains is minimal; although Kabokov is the story's nominal good guy, he is cold, obsessive and every bit as capable of amoral behavior as his terrorist prey. Robert Shaw appropriately gives the character a reserved, icy facade that periodically slips to let out a bit of humor, regret, or rage. Black Sunday is even more daring in the way it dimensionalizes its antagonists; although Dahlia and Lander set out to commit mass murder, they are painted as misguided souls pushed to the brink by a cruel, unsympathetic world. Marthe Keller and Bruce Dern bring out the wounded humanity lurking beneath these characters' brutal exteriors; Keller is believably steely as a woman who coolly and calculatingly navigates her way through a man's world, and Dern throws out all the stops, creating a character who can shift from amusingly batty to terrifying to pitiful in the same moment. Black Sunday further benefits from a smart script that uses the grim psychology of these characters to flesh out its oft-fantastic plot and tight direction from paranoiac-thriller mastermind John Frankenheimer. His trademark combination of dark humor and gritty action shines in the film's set pieces, especially during a brutal shoot-out on the streets of Miami Beach and the epic Super Bowl finale, which is disturbingly credible despite its disaster-movie conceit. All these elements add up to a thriller that remains quite potent, thanks to its unusual but effective mix of anti-political cynicism and stylish thrills.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303908
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sales rank:
17,922

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Shaw Kabakov
Bruce Dern Lander
Marthe Keller Dahlia
Fritz Weaver Corley
Steven Keats Moshevsky
Bekim Fehmiu Fasil
Michael Vincente Gazzo Muzi
William Daniels Pugh
Walter Gotell Col. Riaf
Victor Campos Nageeb
Walter Brooke Fowler
James Jeter Watchman
Clyde Kusatsu Freighter Captain
Tom McFadden Farley
Robert Patten Vickers
Than Wyenn Israeli Ambassadoe
Joseph Robbie Himself
Robert Wussler Himself
Pat Summerall Himself
Tom Brookshier Themselves
Tom Brookens Actor
Kim Nicholas Girl Hostage

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer

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