On this day in 1979, The Black Hole, a science-fiction movie directed by Gary Nelson for Walt Disney Productions, premiered in London, England.
Referred to as Disney's answer to Star Wars, the film starred Maximilian Schell (as Dr. Hans Reinhardt), Robert Forster (as Captain Dan Holland), Ernest Borgnine (as Harry Booth), Anthony Perkins (as Dr. Alex Durant) and Roddy McDowall (as the voice of V.I.N. CENT the robot).
The Black Hole tells the story of the crew of the spaceship Palomino - who discovers the U.S.S. Cygnus, a lost ship hovering on the edge of an immense black hole. Once aboard, the crew learns that the ship is being run by robots and its only human inhabitant is Dr. Reinhardt - who has been missing for the last 20 years!
The Black Hole premiered 3 days later in U.S. theaters and was nominated for 2 Oscars.
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