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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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 done by the large red robot Maximilian. (There were spherical robots, but they were good guys.)

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  • Max killed someone with a spinning blade; theageofvolcanoes.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/…
    – Valorum
    Jan 11, 2014 at 23:07
  • Perfect match for the description; hard to believe any other movie would copy such a brainless execution.
    – Kyle Jones
    Jan 11, 2014 at 23:21
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    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. Jan 11, 2014 at 23:25
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    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. Jan 12, 2014 at 22:33
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    My apologies for any perceived overreach on my part. I thought it worth mentioning that there are spherical robots, but that they're not involved in the killing.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 10, 2023 at 20:17

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