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Black Sunday

John Frankenheimer's film of Black Sunday is an intelligent and meticulous depiction of an act of outlandish terrorism - the planned slaughter of the Super Bowl stadium audience.

John Frankenheimer’s film of Black Sunday is an intelligent and meticulous depiction of an act of outlandish terrorism – the planned slaughter of the Super Bowl stadium audience.

Strong scripting and performances elevate Robert Evans’ handsome production far above the crass exploitation level, which at least mitigates subject matter that can never be completely comfortable on the minds of an audience.

Thomas Harris’ novel has been adapted into a well-plotted, well-executed countdown to potential mass disaster. The motivations of stars Robert Shaw, as an Israeli guerrilla, Black September activist Marthe Keller and mentally unbalanced pilot Bruce Dern are handled with unusual dramatic depth which displays the gray areas of real life.

Black Sunday

  • Production: Paramount. Director John Frankenheimer; Producer Robert Evans; Screenplay Ernest Lehman, Kenneth Ross, Ivan Moffat; Camera John A. Alonzo; Editor Tom Rolf; Music John Williams; Art Director Walter Tyler
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 143 MIN.
  • With: Robert Shaw Bruce Dern Marthe Keller Fritz Weaver Steven Keats Bekim Fehmiu
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