Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on December 24, 1979 · 18
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Monday, December 24, 1979
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6 Section 2 Chicago Tribune. Monday, December 24, 1979 'Black Hole' stumbles on forgettable characters By Gene Siskel Movie critic nnn ELL. IT ISN'T exactly bad. Dull YU W is more like it. "The Black i ll I Hole," Disney's $20-million ans-J W wer to "Star Wars," takes much too long to get to its less than grand finale, in which a space villain and some good guys face being swallowed up by a collapsed star with enormous gravitational pull. This should have been a more exciting film. Certainly the concept of space explorers investigating a black hole in deep space is appealing. Even the smallest of children should be intrigued if you tell them that somewhere in space there may be bathtublike drains into which you can fall and no one yet knows what happens after that. Who among has not stared into a bathtub's whirlpool? But Instead of marching us directly across space to the film's maelstrom, "The Black Hole" takes its own sweet time to introduce some of the most forgettable movie characters you'll ever meet. The year is 2130, and the exploration team of the space ship Palomino has picked up a couple of doozles on its radar a huge, unidentifed space craft and, far off in the distance, a black bole, which for the purposes of the film looks like a rainbow-colored funnel cloud. ON BOARD THE Palomino are physicists Anthony Perkins and Yvette Mimieux; pilot-ting the craft are Robert Forster and Joseph Bottom. Ernest Borgnine is a journalist who obviously has landed a nice freebie. In a word, these characters are b-o-r-i-n-g. We don't care whether they live or die. They are not physically attractive, nor are they witty or brave. Let's face it, part of the appeal of "Star Wars" was its human cast; t, i ! Tr S 1 - mJ x -I. o. If s J . iJ Maximilian Schell with Vincent, an R2-D2-type character who provides some desperately needed comic relief in "The Black Hole." TRIBUNE MINI-REVIEW: Bathtub In the sky THE BLACK nOLE" DtractarJ by Gary IWaon; aeraaffplay toy Jab Roaanbrook and Carry Day baaad en Mory by Roaanbrook, Bob Barbaah, tnd Wchart Landau; photograpliad by Frank PhMHpa; adaad by arm McLaughlin; mualc by John Barry; mlntatur photography by Art Crutduhank; mmKtura ftcts by Patar Elranahaw; producad by Ron Millar; Bum VIM ralml at natahborhood thaatara. Rattd pa TUB CASTl Dr. Hans mi-m.. chal Dr. Aral a"""t Parktna Cpt Dan Holland. U. Chartaa Pilar Dr.KtaMcCraa Harry Booth CptS.TJUU Robart Fontar .Joaaph Bottoms Yvatta umitaui ..Ernaat Borgnlna .Tommy Mclaughlin Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford actually seemed to be enjoying themselves in that film. And. In "Alien," its young cast was nicely cynical and seemed quite real. By comparison, the people In "The Black Hole" are dead stars in their own right If actors get paid to express emotions, then the cast of "The Black Hole" doesn't even deserve the minimum wage. Even "Star Trek" Is more fun. Borgnlna, Perkins, and Mimieux are tired actors who simply occupy space. Forster is another dead head who seems to be around only to stand in front of the film's special effects paintings. Only Bottoms is given a part with any life in it; he's the film's only youthful human ch 8 rs etc i In a blatant ripoff of "Star Wars," the Palomino crew is served by a free-floating mini-computer named Vincent Just imagine R2-D2 without arms, and you get the idea. Vincent speaks with a British accent just like C3PO, and he pops his head up and down and blows steam every time the film needs some comic relief. Which is often. The obvious way to have structured this picture would have been to have the space crew encounter the black hole and then have them spend a lot of time trying to combat its force. But apparently the Disney folks decided to treat the hole itself as just a whiz-bang finale. Instead, the Palomino crew spends much more time with a bad man in space. HOLED UP IN THAT mysterious space craft near the black hole is Dr. Hans Bernhardt (Maximilian Schell),. a wicked Teutonic type who has converted a U.S. gov ernment mission into his own outerspace feifdom. Reinhardt has developed a master race of robots, including Max, a huge Darth Vader-type with power drills for arms. (In a mildly shocking scene for a Disney picture, Max skewers one of the members of the Palmino crew. This scene is responsible for the film's PG rating.) So much time is spent combatting the Schell character, that this film could quite reasonable be retitled "Dr. Max Reinhardt," rather than "The Black Hole." And all of this is quite a shame, for the Disney special effects has really done a nice job of trying to dazzle us. The exterior shots of Reinhardt's huge space ship are truly impressive. It's a shame that the people who occupy it are so uninspiring. A number of youngsters managed a cheer or two during my screening of the film, which suggests that some kids will like "The Black Hole." But I can't imagine any reason why parents will want to join their children in the theater. The- story and actors in "The Black Hole" obscure its fine special effects. TOMORROW! MAS DAT! . CPEM FROM 1 P.M. FABULOUS FAMOUS LUflU! FAMOUS SMORGASBORD lUFfETI ALWOU-WANT OF OUTSTANDING DCliCTABlf HAWAII CHUCK WAGON 141 S N. MIIWAUKII AVI. rlUSONOUtSTAGEl 3 TAMA AND I0YAL HAWAIIAN lit WAIKIXI KVUt jjj IOOK THOSI IANQUETS V NOW! GUI I0SEMART OBNTUIS. to SAT. 5 MI-SUN. 1 Ml Of YEAR'S EVE fi-VJ PARTY I CELESHAT1C3 FABULOUS GALA BANQUET! FUN! FAVORS AND FtOUCSn CONTINUOUS ENTERTAINMENT! i Ml5; TAMA THAI FAMOUS ROYAL HAWAIIAN HVUfl Ml THIS for uit , $OA50 t par paraoa PIUS TAX Si TIP RawrvcrtloM Accepted NOW!) SP 4-2600 TUI WI'U IE ONN ItlUMY! NIW TUTS MY ftO I Ml WITH MGUUI FAMOUS OKN UMMGUIOO NO WCMAM M rtKl USO MMOUS HAWAII SHOW! "A brilliant play. ..warm and tender." ROYUONARD, WCN-TV "'DA is a role Hughes was bom to playT RICHAW CHRISTIANSEN. CHICAGO TRIBUNE taOUIWAT't MOM MXUIMW COMDV! I0NV WUS . DIUMt CHITKl M0 BARNARDiHUGHES in HSGVi BEST PLAY 1978 TICKETS AT BOX OFFICE & TICKETRON (Sears & Wards) TICKETCHARGE & INFORMATION (312)435-0700 GROUP SALES: 435-0715 ALL SALES FINAL SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE PERF 8:30PM The STUDEBAKER THEATRE 418 S. MICHIGAN. CHICAGO IL 60605 Dear Abby By Abigail Van Buret) A fitting remedy for hammer toe Call from runaway is joy for one and all PEAR READERS: On this Christmas Eve I want to share with you one of the best gifts I've ever received. It was the following letter: Nov. 19, 1979 Dear Abby: Our problem daughter, not quite 17, ran away from home 14 months ago. She had been giving us a rough time for about a year skipping school, staying out late, and lying to us constantly. After a noisy scene she stormed out of the house with only the clothes on her back. We didn't have clue as to where she went. Only a parent who has lived through this kind of nightmare can realize what we went through. After .a year of heartaches and sleepless nights, we were told by the police to give up and assume she was dead. But parents never give up. We continued to search and hope and pray that she'd return to us one day. . Well, our prayers were answered when, out of the blue, we received a telephone call from someone who said he was a volunteer with Operation. Peace of Mind in Houston. (We live in Michigan.) We were told that our daughter had read of the toll-free number in the Dear Abby column and wanted to let us know that she was well and happy in Ft Lauder-dale, Fla. The volunteer said our daughter would call them again on the following morning in case we had a message for her. We told them we would welcome a collect call from her. Sure enough, she called us the next day! She sounded wonderful and said she was working and going to night school to finish her education. Our story has an ending. Our daughter is coming to spend Thanksgiving with us! Abby, will you please publish that toll-free number again so other runaway kids can establish communications with their families? Our daughter said that she had seen your column with the number posted near telephones where runaways hung out. We will never be able to thank you enough for giving us the happiest Thanksgiving we've ever had! Grateful in Michigan Dear Grateful: With pleasure. Runaways, call this toll-free number: 800-231-6946. An operator will take your call and telephone your parents anywhere in the United States with a message from you. There will be no lecturing or recriminations. Your call will not be traced. And only one question will be asked: "Do you need anything?" If you do, you will be told where you can get it free. I repeat, no attempt will be made to contact you or bring you back home regardless of your age. Runaways, I beg you to forget the past and call that toll-free number now. Let someone know you're alive! You will sleep better tonight, and so will they. And you will give your family the best Christmas they've had in years. God bless you. Abby P.S. This wonderful program was originated in Texas six years ago by a handful of public-spirited volunteers. It's staffed by volunteers, including some grateful runaways who have come home. f EAR DR. JOHNSON: I recently developed bump In the toe next to the big toe. My doctor sent me to a foot specialist, who said have "hammer toe," caused by wearing shoes that are too short. The specialist advises wearing larger shoes and a splint to try to correct the problem. But he did say I eventually may need surgery. Will I really need surgery? Or will the measures he suggested correct the problem? Michael D., Lexington, Ky. First, let me explain: Hammer toe occurs in the joint of the toe nearest the main body of the foot. If you look at the second toe you'll see two Joints, one near the main body of the foot, the other farther toward the end of the toe. When the toe, often the second toe, because it's the longest gets pushed against the end of your shoe, it starts to buckle. This can result in hammer t06 In many cases the condition can be treated by the conservative measures you mentioned: larger shoe and a splint. If this doesn't work, and the problem causes pain, relatively simple surgical measures can correct the problem. DEAR DR. JOHNSON: For many years Tve had the sensation of something being in my rectal area. I've gone through many different examinations, including sigmoidoscopy and X-rays. Nothing has been found. The last doctor I saw tried to convince me this Is something that's just in my bead. I'm willing to adroit this may indeed be true, but I Still worry about something being there. Is there any other examination I should have? David L., Hastings, Neb. If you have had thorough physical examinations, including the tests you mentioned, sigmoidoscopy and X-ray, it is unlikely that anything has been missed. How to keep well Dw fl Tinnntf Inltnenn ftI V f J It is not uncommon to see a problem such as yours. This often Involves a sensation of rectal fullness but without any physical finding that can explain it. Sometimes this occurs in those with an unusually strong fear of cancer based on family history or personal experience. I counsel you to heed the advice you have been given and wait at least six months before you consider having another examination. DEAR READERS: During the holiday season, it's wise to list a few things that can be dangerous to your health. There always is a hazard when we bring trees Indoors and let them dry out. Some firs and balsams become almost explosive, and thus deadly, when they become dry and brittle. A less obvious hazard is brightly colored paper for wrapping gifts. According to a warning released by the American Chemical Society, many of the colors in it are derived from metals. If you burn it in the fireplace on Christmas you may be allowing metal fumes into the room. m , The worst hazard, certainly, arises from consuming too much "holiday cheer" at office parties and the like. Please be wise and don't drive if you drink, and try to be aware of those who won't abide by .that rule. Talking sex is sign of trouble 0 EAR DR. BROTHERS: My husband has a 40-year-old bachelor business associate whom he often brings home after work to discuss business matters. This man almost always makes some kind of verbal pass at me, often in front of my husband. He is also one of these men who tells obscene jokes, which are embarrassing to me. I've mentioned this to my husband and he says he doesn't think he should be the one to have to talk to his friend about this. Well. I think he should. What do you think of a grown man who gets his kicks talking about sex to a woman who doesn't want to bear his version of It? g. a Joyce Brothers Answer to Saturday's word game MAGENTA magnate magnet mana manage mane manga manta Look for another word gams In next Saturday's Tribuno- mate. ament gnat meant anta name meat ante neat agate atman nema agent game tame agnate gate tang amen ' gent team Dear G. C: The kind of man you describe is usually all talk and no action. It sounds to me as if he's trying desperately to convince you, and possibly himself, that he's a great lover or that he has few inhibitions about sex. The reverse, is probably true.The man who genuinely loves women and who is a good lover is sensitive 'enough to realize that this kind of discussion Impresses no one. He may be trying to disguise some homosexual Inclinations. Or he may be trying to impress your husband. Whatever his reasons, if you find his be havior distasteful, you have every right to ask him to stop. It's your house and he's a guest. Certainly your husband could be more considerate of your feelings as well and talk to his coworker. DEAR DR. BROTHERS: My husband and I were divorced by mutual consent several years ago and I have a young daughter from that marriage. As an artist, I need to work in a quiet place and not get tied up in a nine-to-five job. My parents offered to let me stay in my old room. It's a perfect setup for me In many ways. My mother relieves a )ot of my concerns about my daughter an3 my father helps make me feel more secure financially. I was very happy until I started to get a lot of flak from my friends, who are shocked ,by this arrangement One boyfriend is especially hard on me. He's trying to break my present lifestyle and turn It around to meet his needs. He can't understand that I don't want to live with him in one room. He has no money, no security, and he thinks marriage is for idiots. He and two of my girlfriends have practically cut me off because they say I've never grown up and that I'm totally dependent. I'm confused. I don't want to lose my friends nor do I want to be totally dependent. J.M. Dear J. M.: Any friend who would withdraw friendship because you've gone back to live with your parents Is no friend. Any person who wouia ao this has a lot of problems himself and is probably projecting his own dependency needs. We are all dependent The old idea of total independence is a myth. 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