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    'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27


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    The Black Hole Walt Disney Studios was in an identity crisis when it entered the space movie race with the ambitious live-action production The Black Hole in 1979. Disney's family features were losing ground and producer (and soon to be Walt Disney Company CEO) Ron Miller was trying to make the studio relevant in the contemporary filmmaking culture of blockbuster hits. In the wake of the success of Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Miller turned to a project that had been in development at Disney for years, a science-fiction adventure titled Space Probe-One. After numerous rewrites and conceptual overhauls from a parade of writers, the renamed The Black Hole went before the cameras in late 1978 under the direction of Gary Nelson, a TV veteran with a handful of feature film credits to his name, among them Disney's Freaky Friday (1976). It was a bold experiment for the studio: a budget that ultimately climbed to $20 million, a cast of name actors (if not quite major stars), and (most radically) the first PG-rated release in Disney history.
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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    Heck yes! I haven't seen this is a while. I either have to watch this or DVR it. I do hear that they had characters from this movie in the parks, maybe this is why?
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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    Quote Originally Posted by hollywood1939 View Post
    Heck yes! I haven't seen this is a while. I either have to watch this or DVR it. I do hear that they had characters from this movie in the parks, maybe this is why?

    Wait! What? They had characters from the Black Hole in Disneyland? Recently!?!? Someone get a pic please!

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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    Never seen this so I just set the DVR. Thanks for the news.

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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    Quote Originally Posted by Melonballer View Post
    Wait! What? They had characters from the Black Hole in Disneyland? Recently!?!? Someone get a pic please!
    It's mentioned in Mouse Tales, in the character section. Seems that even the bleak, faceless, mirrorballed-headed androids even got attention from the kids in Tomorrowland.

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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    I must say that I really enjoyed watching this film last night.

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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    I don't know why this movie is so hated... to me.. I like watching it like I like 20k leagues... the villian role strikes me as similar. BH drags in a few parts, but I like the droids and the scale of the ship stuff.
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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    nooooooooo....i missed it!

    good thing i have it on DVD i completely LOVE this movie
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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnibus View Post
    I don't know why this movie is so hated... to me.. I like watching it like I like 20k leagues... the villian role strikes me as similar. BH drags in a few parts, but I like the droids and the scale of the ship stuff.
    The Black Hole did remind me a lot of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    I saw this as a kid and thought it stunk. Even back then I knew the word "verisimilitude" and thought thought this film was lacking it big time. Maybe I would think differently now. Hmmmm...

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    Re: 'The Black Hole' on TCM 10/27

    Awwww man! Well I was out of town over the weekend and I don't remember if the hotel had TCM.

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