Lunchtime Movie Review

The Black Hole (1979)

Episode #91

Walt Disney Productions released The Black Hole to theaters on December 21, 1979. Gary Nelson directed film starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, and Robert Forster.

The Black Hole Movie Summary

In the wake of Star Wars: A New Hope, rival film studios scrambled to put together their own science fiction opus to cash in on the intergalactic space cow: Starcrash (1978), Message From Space (1978), Moonraker (1979), Star Odyssey (1979), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), and Space Raiders (1983) are a few of those gems.

In 1979, Walt Disney called up some fading stars to join in their space-themed ripoff named The Black Hole. All seemed bright during the opening credits—a background image effect with a series of grids that, in three years, would be repurposed in the film Tron, Disney’s dazzling sci-fi flick—but those opening credits soon faded, and so did our hopes for a great Disney movie.

Our story begins in the year of 2130, in a remote part of the galaxy, with a human crew on the Palomino. The ship is made up of Norman Bates, his very lonely shower girl, Kate, who’s gifted with ESP but not enough sense to stay away from knives, Lt. Cmdr. McHale from McHale’s Navy, Abdul Rafai from The Delta Force, Buddy Lembeck from Charles in Charge, and their own “charming” R2-D2, the floating ball of spunk, V.i.n-cent, voiced by Roddy MacDowell’s ape-shit aphorisms.

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Walt Disney Productions released The Black Hole to theaters on December 21, 1979. Gary Nelson directed film starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, and Robert Forster.

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      1. Thanks Cassava! Shane’s official job is reviewing movies, and he definitely knows his stuff. He’s a regular on on our Number Two Review, Film House Hustlas, and Male Bonding shows if you’d like to hear more from him.

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