The Black Hole

1979 PG 1h 37m DVD

The Black Hole

1979 PG 1h 37m DVD
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Disney goes sci-fi in this futuristic adventure about a team of space travelers who stumble upon a black hole. Fearful of being pulled into the abyss, the explorers try for a quick exit -- but then they spot a spacecraft at the mouth of the hole. On further investigation, they discover the wacky scientist Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell), who believes that the world can mine its energy from the hole.
Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine
Gary Nelson
Widescreen 2.35:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that some scenes with robots and humanoids may be frightening for younger viewers; there are shoot-outs and explosions but no gore. Maximilian the robot is a threatening presence, and the robot "goons," as one character calls them, are sinister en masse. This is good fun for sci-fi buffs who want to see Disney's attempt at Star Wars.

Sexual Content

Kate is the only female on the voyage, and the lecherous Dr. Reinhardt wants to keep her for his own.


Shoot-outs between bots and numerous explosions, but no blood or gore. Maximilian the robot shreds a crew member with his whirly appendages, but the scene is implied and not seen.


The word "hell" is used as an explicative and as a description. Harry uses the word "damn" when he suffers a fall.

Social Behavior

Crew models cooperation as the best plan for problem solving.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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