Black Sunday on DVD! in General Discussion Posted June 15, 2003 It's a gripping thriller that obviosuly was an inspiration for "The Sum of All Fears." A disgruntled Vietnam vet, brilliantly played by Bruce Dern, teams with a Palestinian terrorist played by Marthe Keller to fly the Goodyear blimp into the Super Bowl and blow it up. Robert Shaw is the Isreali intelligence agent trying to stop them.Keller's character is especially interesting -- an unusually strong, intense, focused woman for film, who Harris freely admits was the forerunner of Clarice Starling.The film is sharply directed in an almost documentary style by the late John Frankenheimer. I suppose he went for this handheld camera, realistic acting approach because the storyline is so seemingly cartoonish. It works quite well.The highlight is the finale, which was filmed at an actual Super Bowl. Amazingly, producer Robert Evans was friends with someone big at the NFL and Frankenheimer was friends with the head of Goodyear from having made Grand Prix, so they were able to do everything for real. Harris, no doubt fearful of lawsuits, made his villain the fictional Aldrich blimp, which might as well be the Acme blimp. In the film, though, when you see the actors among the real Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers and flying on and fighting around the actual Goodyear blimp, it's very impressive. I highly recommend it.