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Black Hole, The

You’ve got wonder what Anthony Perkins is doing in this. Live action Disney adventures really did feature some of the most extraordinary casting decisions of all time with this featuring not only Norman but also Maximillian ‘Iron Cross’ Schell, while Darby O’Gill and the Little People boasted Jimmy O’Dea and Sean Connery. Quite why the titular part in Blackbeard’s Ghost went to Peter Ut’nov or how Robert Preston got caught up in The Last Starfighter we don’t know and the reasons behind the appearances elsewhere of Roy Kinnear and Phil Silvers still leave us baffled. When you set your mind to it you quickly realise that these were the transatlantic equivalent of Children’s Film Foundation numbers but with appropriately bigger budgets and aspirations, this being America. Replace Anthony Perkins with Dudley Sutton and Schell with Jimmy Edwards, introduce a horse at some point and you start to see the similarities.

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  1. Richard Davies

    October 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Also starring Robert Forster pre-motivational speaker & revival by someone with the initials QT.

  2. Paul

    June 9, 2014 at 3:00 am

    My mom took me and my brother to see this when I was eight. Even at that tender age I knew what I was watching was complete and utter pish.

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