The Black Hole

The Black Hole

Synopsis of Movie

“A journey that begins where everything ends.”

An ambitious, big-budget and—for the first time—‘PG’ rated Disney film, The Black Hole mixed influences from Jules Verne to George Lucas to create a sci-fi epic. Featuring an all-star cast and extensive special effects work from veteran Peter Ellenshaw, the film was a throwback to 1950’s science fiction films, where mad geniuses and their creations menaced a team of travelers from earth.

The story begins in uncharted space, where the crew of the Palomino crosses near the path of a gravity-sucking black hole (apologies to scientists everywhere for that infantile explanation). One step away fom fleeing, the crew discovers a lost ship, the Cygnus, floating nearby.

Upon investigation, the Cygnus is found to be populated by only one human, Dr. Hans Reinhardt, and an armada of his robot creations. As the story progresses, the crew discovers Reinhardt’s plan to fly into the depths of the black hole, seeking the source of all energy. Attempts to escape are met with robotic resistance, as the ship drifts closer and closer to oblivion.

In addition to the star performances of Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Forster and others, The Black Hole offered a feast for the eyes, with stunning space vistas and a climactic meteor bombardment. Cute robot sidekicks V.I.N.C.E.N.T. and B.O.B. provided comic relief, while evil robot Maximilian injected a dose of menace.

After languishing in the black hole of lost films for nearly two decades, the movie finally reemerged on video and DVD in early 1999.

Movie Release History

1979 - The Black Hole

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Dr. Hans Reinhardt Maximilian Schell
Dr. Alex Durant Anthony Perkins
Captain Dan Holland Robert Forster
Lieutenant Charles Pizer Joseph Bottoms
Dr. Kate McCrae Yvette Mimieux
Harry Booth Ernest Borgnine
Captain S.T.A.R Tommy McLoughlin
V.I.N.C.E.N.T.* Roddy McDowall
B.O.B.* Slim Pickens

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