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The Black Hole

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Gary Nelson

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Plot Summary

The U.S.S. Cygnus is perched precariously at the edge of a black hole -- the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown. And so begins a story that only Disney's film magicians could tell. A story of robots and humanoids. Of human genius and madness. And a spectacular descent into nature's ultimate mystery -- The Black Hole.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It cost half as much as Star Trek and looks better -- not as lavish, perhaps, but more original. The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Mar 9, 2009

Fresh: It is good to see the Disney craftsmen doing what they do best on such a grand and risky scale. If one has time for only one space opera this season, this is the one to choose. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Takes us all the way to the rim of space only to bog us down in a talky melodrama whipped up out of mad scientists and haunted houses. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Disney's most ambitious and costly production to date -- about a spaceship crew which encounters a Black Hole and a long-lost madman -- and if looks were everything, you could hardly fault it. – Time Out, Mar 9, 2009

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Customer Reviews

This is a classic

I don't post on blogs or reviews but I have to on this one. I agree with my friends who love this movie because it was one of the FIRST good space sci-fi movies. The reason I don't post is because of the people who post just to be nasty. If you are under the age of 40, then you will be comparing this movie to the modern sci-fi space flicks, and that is comparing apples to oranges. Get a grip and realize this movie was made a long time ago. It is a classic. The word "classic" - look it up.

Story first + f/x after = GREAT CLASSIC!!

First off I agree with Audiose, this is indeed a classic. I was only seven years old when this came out, and it remains a great sci-fi film. Taking into consideration this was made almost 32 years ago when there was no Internet and no CGI I find it a refreshing deviant from today's heavy-laden scifi effects with little-or-no-plot movies. True, the younger folk nowadays may find this little gem of a movie dated, and in a way I suppose it is. But I still say it's a wonderful film, rating up there with The Time Machine (1960) and Forbidden Planet. As a part-time writer I can appreciate the storyline as well.

Disney Live-Action

With the exception of Tron,this IS my favorite Live-Action Disney flick. Buy it if you feel the same. I also have the collectors edition VHS that they released a few years back. As a hard-core fan of this movie I cannot fully emphasize how much people underrate this movie.

The Black Hole
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1979

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