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Black Sunday

Robert ‘electric toothbrushes’ Shaw stars in this tale of an Israeli agent setting out to prevent a dastardly terrorist plot to drop a bomb from an airship onto the Superbowl thereby preventing the only action which could have stopped it being the most terminally dull sporting event on the planet – and that includes the bowling from Monklands Civic Centre.



  1. Sidney Balmoral James

    April 4, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    This film is one of those slightly neglected, also-ran blockbusters, which didn’t enter the public consciousness, in the same way as Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters etc., and don’t get shown much on television. This one I suspect didn’t make enough money, but that can’t be said for King Kong, Spies Like Us, The Golden Child, and perhaps The Deep, which I would also put in this bracket (although that one did get wheeled out on TV as a kind of Jaws-substitute)- all extremely successful, but largely forgotten these days. When did they last show the 70s King Kong on television?

  2. Richardpd

    April 4, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    Along with the disaster films in the 1970s, there were lots of action thrillers made where the hero had to prevent some kind of fiendish plot.

    North Sea Hijack was an example, with a bearded Roger Moore playing the Anti-Bondish Rufus Excalibur ffoulkes.

    These similarly seemed to fade away in the early 1980s.

    I certainly remember watching the 1970s King Kong on TV in the late 1980s, with my Dad reckoning it wasn’t as good as the original, which I got to see about a year later.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    April 6, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    I can remember one where someone tries to blow up a rollercoaster that popped on ITV a lot until the mid eighties. A unique subject, but a so so film that would fall into the category of OK to watch on a wet Bank Holiday. Most of these second division action films seemed to be shown on summer evenings or on Bank Holidays.

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