History Film / TheBlackHole

16th Dec '17 5:35:17 PM StClair
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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: It starts out as a hard sci-fi exploration flick, in that the ''Palomino'' maneuvers like a real spacecraft with the main thruster and attitude jets, and everyone in the spacecraft is weightless except when they are under acceleration, etc. Then Dr. [=McCrae=] is asked to use her [=ESP=] to talk to their RobotBuddy (though [[AllThereInTheManual the novelization explains it is not actually paranormal-related]]. Then they board the ''Cygnus'', which has an ''ArtificialGravity'' forcefield developed by Reinhardt from his research on the black hole. There's a gradual process of moving from 4 to 1 on the scale, with the human characters moving around ''outside'' the ''Cygnus'' in shirtsleeves near the end with no noticeable ill effects.[[note]]WordOfGod is that the actors refused to wear the cumbersome spacesuits designed for the scene. Maybe they're supposed to be swimming around inside atmosphere flowing from a breach in the ship's hull? Then again, one could argue that, as Reinhart predicted, [[RealityIsOutToLunch the laws of nature have started to go wibbly-wobbly by this point anyway.]] [[/note]] Then they travel through the black hole itself [[GainaxEnding and through the afterlife(?).]]

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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: It starts out as a hard sci-fi exploration flick, in that the ''Palomino'' maneuvers like a real spacecraft with the main thruster and attitude jets, and everyone in the spacecraft is weightless except when they are under acceleration, etc. Then Dr. [=McCrae=] is asked to use her [=ESP=] to talk to their RobotBuddy (though [[AllThereInTheManual the novelization explains it is not actually paranormal-related]].paranormal-related]], but due to a cybernetic implant). Then they board the ''Cygnus'', which has an ''ArtificialGravity'' forcefield developed by Reinhardt from his research on the black hole. There's a gradual process of moving from 4 to 1 on the scale, with the human characters moving around ''outside'' the ''Cygnus'' in shirtsleeves near the end with no noticeable ill effects.[[note]]WordOfGod is that the actors refused to wear the cumbersome spacesuits designed for the scene. Maybe they're supposed to be swimming around inside atmosphere flowing from a breach in the ship's hull? Then again, one could argue that, as Reinhart predicted, [[RealityIsOutToLunch the laws of nature have started to go wibbly-wobbly by this point anyway.]] [[/note]] Then they travel through the black hole itself [[GainaxEnding and through the afterlife(?).]]



* PsychicPowers: Dr. [=McCrae=] has a telepathic link with [=V.I.N.CENT.=]. According to the novelization it's thanks to a cybernetic impant in her brain.

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* PsychicPowers: Dr. [=McCrae=] has a telepathic link with [=V.I.N.CENT.=]. According to the novelization novelization, it's thanks to a cybernetic impant implant in her brain.



** Charlie correctly shoots this down: "I'm sure that's not what he had in mind. He was trying to save his own skin!"

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** *** Charlie correctly shoots this down: "I'm sure that's not what he had in mind. He was trying to save his own skin!"
4th Dec '17 5:55:13 AM UchuuFlamenco
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* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: The journey through the black hole is mostly constructed out of a [[TheOner single long multiplane shot]] reminiscent of the ''Ave Maria'' segment of {{Film/Fantasia}}]].

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* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: The journey through the black hole is mostly constructed out of a [[TheOner single long multiplane shot]] reminiscent of the ''Ave Maria'' segment of {{Film/Fantasia}}]].{{Disney/Fantasia}}]].
15th Nov '17 7:24:14 PM TheSaddleman
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* UnrealisticBlackHole: The movie depicts the black hole as a giant space whirlpool. Especially evident near the end of the film, where closeups show it as a giant red whirlpool.

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* UnrealisticBlackHole: The movie depicts the black hole as a giant space whirlpool. Especially evident near the end of the film, where closeups show it as a giant red whirlpool. In recent years the scientist UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson has been very vocal in his criticism of how the titular black hole was treated in this film. In its defence, at the time the film was made much less was known about black holes.
15th Nov '17 7:17:13 PM TheSaddleman
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* EvilPlan: Actually averted, at least initially, with regards to the Palomino and his crew. As Reinhardt explains to Alex and Kate, he knows the trip through the black hole is a one-way journey; all he wants is for the Palomino to observe and record as much as possible, with no indication of keeping the visitors with him. It's not until Alex decides to stay on board and Reinhardt is made aware that Holland, Kate and the others have discovered the fate of the original crew that things escalate.

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* EvilPlan: Actually averted, at least initially, with regards to the Palomino and his its crew. As Reinhardt explains to Alex and Kate, he knows the trip through the black hole is a one-way journey; all he wants is for the Palomino to observe and record as much as possible, with no indication of keeping the visitors with him. It's not until Alex decides to stay on board and Reinhardt is made aware that Holland, Kate and the others have discovered the fate of the original crew that things escalate.
15th Nov '17 7:13:54 PM TheSaddleman
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* EvilPlan: Actually averted, at least initially, with regards to the Palomino and his crew. As Reinhardt explains to Alex and Kate, he knows the trip through the black hole is a one-way journey; all he wants is for the Palomino to observe and record as much as possible, with no indication of keeping the visitors with him. It's not until Alex decides to stay on board and Reinhardt is made aware that Holland, Kate and the others have discovered the fate of the original crew that things escalate.
15th Nov '17 7:09:37 PM TheSaddleman
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* JumpScare: While tame by today's standards - and even by late-1970s standards - Alex's [[spoiler: unmasking of a "robot," revealing a groaning, zombie-like face undernearth]] had no precedent in a Disney live-action film and was quite disturbing for the time.
6th Nov '17 12:18:51 AM JudgeSpear
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* UnrealisticBlackHole: Goes without saying.

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* UnrealisticBlackHole: Goes without saying.The movie depicts the black hole as a giant space whirlpool. Especially evident near the end of the film, where closeups show it as a giant red whirlpool.
5th Nov '17 5:00:38 PM snichols1973
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''The Black Hole'' is a 1979 science fiction movie directed by Gary Nelson. It stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Creator/ErnestBorgnine. The voices of the main robot characters in the film are provided by Roddy [=McDowall=] and Slim Pickens (both uncredited). The music for the movie was composed by Music/JohnBarry. Creator/AlanDeanFoster novelized the screenplay.

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''The Black Hole'' is a 1979 science fiction movie directed by Gary Nelson. It stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Creator/ErnestBorgnine. The voices of the main robot characters in the film are provided by Roddy [=McDowall=] Creator/RoddyMcDowall and Slim Pickens (both uncredited). The music for the movie was composed by Music/JohnBarry. Creator/AlanDeanFoster novelized the screenplay.
5th Nov '17 3:59:07 PM snichols1973
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''The Black Hole'' is a 1979 science fiction movie directed by Gary Nelson. It stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine. The voices of the main robot characters in the film are provided by Roddy [=McDowall=] and Slim Pickens (both uncredited). The music for the movie was composed by Music/JohnBarry. Creator/AlanDeanFoster novelized the screenplay.

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''The Black Hole'' is a 1979 science fiction movie directed by Gary Nelson. It stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine.Creator/ErnestBorgnine. The voices of the main robot characters in the film are provided by Roddy [=McDowall=] and Slim Pickens (both uncredited). The music for the movie was composed by Music/JohnBarry. Creator/AlanDeanFoster novelized the screenplay.
5th Sep '17 5:57:37 AM Scifimaster92
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''The Black Hole'' is a 1979 science fiction movie directed by Gary Nelson. It stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine. The voices of the main robot characters in the film are provided by Roddy [=McDowall=] and Slim Pickens (both uncredited). The music for the movie was composed by JohnBarry. Creator/AlanDeanFoster novelized the screenplay.

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''The Black Hole'' is a 1979 science fiction movie directed by Gary Nelson. It stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine. The voices of the main robot characters in the film are provided by Roddy [=McDowall=] and Slim Pickens (both uncredited). The music for the movie was composed by JohnBarry.Music/JohnBarry. Creator/AlanDeanFoster novelized the screenplay.
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