Black Sunday

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Black Sunday
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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Release Date 1977
Language English
Studio Paramount
Distributor Paramount
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. David Kabakov Robert Shaw
Michael Lander Bruce Dern
Dahlia Iyad Marthe Keller
Special Agent Corley Fritz Weaver
Moshevsky Steven Keats
Muhammed Fasil Bekim Fehmiu


Black Sunday is a 1977 thriller directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Robert Shaw as Maj. David Kabakov, a Mossad operative who teams with an FBI agent in order to stop a terrorist plan to destroy the football stadium hosting the Super Bowl. The film was an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Thomas Harris (the author of The Silence of the Lambs) and was notable for filming scenes during the second half of the actual Super Bowl X. This was also one of Shaw's final starring roles prior to his untimely death in 1978.


The following weapons were used in the film Black Sunday:


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Pistols

Colt M1911A1

Palestinian terrorist leader Nageeb (Victor Campos) attempts to grab what appears to be a Colt M1911A1 pistol from his bedstand before being shot by Israeli commandos during a raid in Beirut. A disguised Israeli commando is also seen wielding the Colt M1911A1 pistol f as the commandos flee the terrorist villa.

World War II-issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
What appears to be a holstered Colt M1911A1 oistol is seen next to Nageeb's body.
An Israeli commando with a Colt M1911A1 pistol.

Walther PPK Pistol

During the scene that takes place in Major Kabakov's (Robert Shaw) hospital room his partner, Robert Moshevsky (Steven Keats), removes his sports jacket. It appears that he is wearing a shoulder holster with a Walther PPK in the holster. Since the only thing visible is the pistol's handle it is possible that it is a Walther PP instead.

Walther PPK in 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Moshevsky (Steven Keats) with his Walther PPK in shoulder holster.

Revolvers

Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman

Terrorist Mohammed Fasil (Bekim Fehmiu) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman revolver revolver to kill several federal agents and civilians during a bloody shootout in Miami.

S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman with a 4" barrel - .357 Magnum.
Fasil (Bekim Fehmiu) draws his Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman when there is a knock at the door.
Fasil (Bekim Fehmiu) takes aim with his revolver.
Mohammed Fasil seizes a hostage with his revolver.The frame is the larger N frame instead of the medium sized S&W Model 19.
Mohammed Fasil loads his revolver with a speedloader. Note that the top strap is smooth. It does not have the finely checkered topstrap of the Smith & Wesson Model 27.

Colt Lawman Mk III

A Colt Lawman Mk III Snubnose revolver is used by Major David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) to threaten businessman E. Muzi (Michael V. Gazzo) into identifying who had purchased explosives for use in a potential terrorist attack. Major Kabakov also uses it without the suppressor during the shoot-out/pursuit with terrorist Mohammed Fasil (Bekim Fehmiu).After careful review of the film I've concluded that Kabakov is actually using the Lawman Mk III 1st generation model instead of a cut down Colt New Service. Mainly based on the shape of the barrel and the distincitve front ramp sight of the mk III Lawman 1st gen snubnose. The old Colt New Service had a front sight that resembled a shark fin.The Lawman Mk III snub with the exposed ejector rod was made at the start of the Mk III production run and changed within a few years to a model with a ejector rod shroud. The size of the model is deceptive when viewed in a photo. It's very much a modern descendent of the classic Webley Bulldog revolver.

Colt Lawman Mk III snubnose - .357 magnum. 1st Generation. Exposed ejector rod (1973-1976)
Kabakov (Robert Shaw) prepares to make entry. Colt at the ready.
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Major David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) aims his Colt Lawman Mk III Snubnose revolver .Note the large frame indicative of the Lawman Mk III and not the much smaller Colt Detective Special. Also note the distinctive front sight ramp and the heavy bull barrel found on the Mk III Lawman.
Major Kabakov (Robert Shaw) opens fire with his Colt Lawman Mk III Snubnose revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver

A suppressed Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose Revolver is used by terrorist Dahlia Iyad (Marthe Keller) to shoot the original pilot of the Goodyear blimp so that Michael Lander could take his place.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special. Early Model
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Dahlia (Marthe Keller) prepares to finish off the pilot.

Shotguns

Remington 870

Former Vietnam veteran Michael J. Lander (Bruce Dern) threatens Dahlia Iyad (Marthe Keller) with a Remington 870 shotgun when he becomes distraught over Dahlia's absence. However, she manages to get him to lay the weapon down.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 gauge

Michael J. Lander (Bruce Dern) brandishes a Remington 870 shotgun when he becomes distraught over Dahlia's absence.

Submachine Guns

Madsen M50

The Madsen M50 submachine gun is used by terrorist Dahlia Iyad (Marthe Keller) throughout the movie, who uses it to kill several police officers and to shoot down a police helicopter during the finale. Palestinian guards in Beirut are also seen with M50s.

N.B. In the book, Dahlia's weapon of choice is described as a "Schmeisser machine pistol", a somewhat inaccurate name for the German MP40 submachine gun. The Madsen closely resembles the MP40 in size and shape.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
A Palestinian guard holds a Madsen M50 submachine gun while stabbed by an Israeli commando.
Dahlia (Marthe Keller) fires her Madsen M50 submachine gun at approaching police officers.
At the right, Dahlia (Marthe Keller) reloads her Madsen M50 submachine gun .
A production image of Dahlia (Marthe Keller) holding her Madsen M50 submachine gun.

IMI Uzi

An IMI Uzi submachine gun fitted with a Sionics suppressor is seen used by Mossad agent Major David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) during the Israeli commando raid in Beirut. He uses the weapon to kill several terrorists including Nageeb, but does not shoot Dahlia Iyad despite surprising her in the shower.

IMI Uzi with Sionics suppressor - 9x19mm
Major David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) holds a suppressed IMI Uzi submachine gun as the commandos prepare to attack.
David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) points his suppressed IMI Uzi submachine gun at Dahlia.
A sideshot of the IMI Uzi submachine gun carried by Kabakov.
Kabakov (Robert Shaw) flees the terrorist villa with his IMI Uzi submachine gun after his team detonates the explosives.

Smith & Wesson M76

A Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun is used by FBI Special Agent Sam Corley (Fritz Weaver) when he and Kabakov (Robert Shaw) chase the terrorist's Goodyear blimp in a helicopter during the finale. After Corley is injured by Dahlia, Kabakov (Robert Shaw) uses the M76 to shoot at her and Michael Lander, preventing them from crashing the blimp into the Super Bowl stadium.

Smith & Wesson M76 with stock extended - 9mm‎
FBI Special Agent Sam Corley (Fritz Weaver) dashes to a Goodyear helicopter with a sniper rifle and the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun.
Corley prepares to fire his Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun.
Corley holds the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun when wounded by gunfire from the Goodyear blimp.
Kabakov (Robert Shaw) chambers the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun.

Rifles

M1 Carbine

M1 carbines are seen in the hands of Palestinian guerrillas, Israeli commandos and Miami SWAT officers.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight and bayonet lug. Most of the World War II variations of the M1 Carbine were sent back to the Military Arsenals and retrofitted with the Bayonet Lug and adjustable rear sight. This is the version seen after last 1945 and all the way until the 1960s. This version is seen most often in World War 2 movies, despite being anachronistic for most World War II battles.
An Israeli commando boards a van before escaping the terrorist villa. His M1 carbine is equipped with a sound suppressor and a scope.
Kabakov and a fellow commando with a M1 carbine barely escape the detonation of one of their bombs.
A Miami SWAT officer picks up a M1 carbine with vented handguards.
The SWAT officer loads the carbine.

M16 Rifle

An M16 rifle with a sound suppressor and AN/PVS-2 Starlight scope is used by Mossad agent Steven Moshevsky (Steven Keats) during the Israeli commando raid in Beirut.

M16 5.56x45mm
Moshevsky (Steven Keats) covers the retreating commandos with his M16.
Moshevsky (Steven Keats) gestures at his teammates to move back. Note that the M16 has two magazines taped together 'jungle-style'.
Moshevsky (Steven Keats) fires his M16.

Sporterized Springfield M1903

A Sporterized Springfield 1903 is used by Major David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) during the finale, before he switches to the M76 submachine gun.

Sporterized M1903 Springfield
Kabakov and Corley commandeer a Goodyear helicopter to chase after the stolen blimp.
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Kalashnikov rifle

When Major David Kabakov learns of Dahlia Iyad's (Marthe Keller) identity during a secret meeting with an Egyptian intelligence officer, he is presented with a photo of her brandishing a Kalashnikov Variant.

Authentic AK-47 built from US Receiver. This is an Actual Screen used AK-47 from the film We Were Soldiers (built by Cinema Weaponry) - 7.62x39mm
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