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One of the most memorable scenes is where one of the characters is killed by a hovering spherical robot about 1-2 ft in diameter (looks a little bit like the pokémon fortress). The robot sticks out a little propeller blade about 4 inches wide and saws through the guy’s clipboard (which for some reason he chooses to protect himself with) and into his abdomen. The guy who is in charge of the robot says something like "Why did you do that? He was a good man" to the robot, which I think must've had a mind of its own as it didn't seem to care.

Another thing I remember in the film is these people sitting at control panels and they wear long dark brown robes, and wear large reflective helmets so you can't see their faces.

I'm sorry there isn't a lot of detail here, but I remember seeing this movie when I was really young and it terrified me. I'd love to know what it is, so any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Were these the robots in question;… – Valorum Jan 11 '14 at 23:03
Or these;…? – Valorum Jan 11 '14 at 23:05
Your first link is listed as 403 Forbidden. The second link works, and I'd love to own one of those Phantasm spheres. – Meat Trademark Jan 12 '14 at 2:55
Try this link instead;… – Valorum Jan 12 '14 at 11:11
There is a whole movie series about flying balls that kill people... the Phantasm movies. (Theoretically they were about other things but IMHO the flying balls were the part that people really liked. Look at the posters... after the first movie, each poster is mainly about the flying ball. The tag-line of the second movie was "THE BALL IS BACK!") – steveha Feb 5 '14 at 1:54
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I think it is Disney's The Black Hole from 1979. For being a Disney feature, it was more adult and dark, trying to compete with films like Star Wars and Close Encounters.

Here is an image of the crew: enter image description here

It also did feature a person being killed in the manner you described, although it was the robot Maximilian.

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Max killed someone with a spinning blade;… – Valorum Jan 11 '14 at 23:07
Perfect match for the description; hard to believe any other movie would copy such a brainless execution. – Kyle Jones Jan 11 '14 at 23:21
As a kid in 1979 it was certainly creepy and scary. I saw it again a couple years ago, and, well, not so much anymore. – Meat Trademark Jan 11 '14 at 23:25
Yes that's it! Thanks for helping. I was 5/6 when i watched it and that scene gave me terrible nightmares. I watched it again today and it wasn't so bad haha. Thanks again. – Sasquatchking Jan 12 '14 at 22:33

Wow, based on the subject line, I would have sworn that you were talking about the "Phantasm" movies, but yes: based on your description, it's definitely "The Black Hole".

"The Black Hole" wasn't great, but that film, along with "Alien", and "Star Wars", kind of helped breathe life back into the sci-fi film as we know it today after the really dreary doom-and-gloom of the 1970s.

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I immediately thought of Phantasm as well. :) – Wad Cheber Nov 13 '15 at 20:23

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