Black Sunday
Black Sunday (1977)

With the help of international terrorists, angry Vietnam vet Lander plots to cause trouble at the Super Bowl by sending in a Goodyear Blimp armed with steel darts. An Israeli officer fights to prevent this violence.

Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: March 11, 1977
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday did not convince or move me, even in its occasional tense moments.

Full review…
Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide

Since its protagonists are anti-heroic and its antagonists are admirable, it will be hard for audiences to identify with segments of the movie.

Full review…
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

One of the all-time great thrillers. It does not seem as far-fetched today as when it was originally released.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Super-abundantly produced terrorism thriller.

Full review…
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

What begins as a dark, uncompromising, character-driven thriller ends in histrionics.

Full review…
Christopher Null

You simply haven't lived until you've seen the innocuous Good Year Blimp turned into an instrument of death.

Full review…
Chuck O'Leary

A film that was 25 years ahead of its time, John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday is an intelligently written, complex and constantly intense thriller that builds to an extremely exciting climax.

Scott Weinberg

It's not as campy as the Airport flicks, nor as thrilling as James Bond, but taken as a sort of combo between the two, you could certainly do a lot worse.

Full review…
More reviews for Black Sunday

Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Tense, thrilling and highly entertaining action thriller, Black Sunday is one of the defining films of the 1970's. With a brilliant cast and a well crafted… More
Danny Rovira
John Frankenheimer's intelligent thrilling film based upon Thomas Harris's best selling novel. About an Israeli commando named Robert Kabakov, played… More
Tim Salmons
Pretty damned tense and enjoyable, although it runs slow in some parts.
alan jay
Shaw, Dern and Keller's collective performances keep the suspense building to a thrilling and believable conclusion. Edge of your seat tense… More
El Hombre Invisible
John Frankenheimer's thriller based on the novel by Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs, about terrorists planning to cause mayhem at a Super… More