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The Black Hole

The Black Hole – 1979
Gary Nelson

Jeb Rosebrook
Bob Barbash

Maximilian Schell
Anthony Perkins
Robert Forster


Review by Wayne Malin

Disney’s first PG film,

This was Disney’s big Christmas release in 1979–a big budget, the first PG rating and big stars. It was a huge bomb which is too bad–it’s pretty good.

A spaceship’s crew (Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux) find a mad doctor (Maximilian Schell) in outer space ready to enter a black hole. He sets out to take them with him…or else.

Great special effects are the main attraction here. The debits are kiddie-like dialogue, bad acting, huge lapses in logic and two cutsey robots voiced by Roddy McDowell and Slim Pickens. Still, I liked the movie. It moves fairly quickly and there was always some impressive effects to look at–it’s obvious that Disney spent a lot of money on this.

This is fine for kids–the PG rating is just for someone saying “damn” and three non-bloody, quick deaths. Adults should like it too.

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