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The Hindenburg (1975)

A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Richard Levinson (screen story), William Link (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Colonel Franz Ritter
Anne Bancroft ... Countess Ursula von Reugen
William Atherton ... Karl Boerth
Roy Thinnes ... Martin Vogel
Gig Young ... Edward Douglas
Burgess Meredith ... Emilio Pajetta
Charles Durning ... Captain Max Pruss
Richard Dysart ... Captain Ernst Lehman (as Richard A. Dysart)
Robert Clary ... Joseph Spah
Rene Auberjonois ... Major Napier
Peter Donat ... Reed Channing
Alan Oppenheimer ... Albert Breslau
Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Mildred Breslau
Joanna Moore ... Mrs. Channing
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Captain Fellows
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Storyline

This film is a compendium of the facts and fiction of the events leading up to the disaster. For dramatic effect, Sabotage was chosen as the cause, rather than electricity lashing out at a couple of tons of hydrogen. Written by Charles Holland <charley@themovies.com.au>

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Of 97 aboard, eight had a motive. One had a plot. By some miracle, 62 survived. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hindenburg See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Spah performs an anti-Nazi pantomime. During World War II, Robert Clary was interned, along with his family, in a Nazi concentration camp. He was the youngest of 14 children, most of whom died in the camp. See more »

Goofs

When the Hindenburg flies over New York City, it is shown going north, up the Hudson River from the south end of Manhattan. It should be going south. Lakehurst, N.J. is south of Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Ursula, The Countess: Marvelous feeling on an airship.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1936 Universal logo followed by a newsreel prior to the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Deleted scenes were added back into the film for television airings, including one in which Goebbels shows Ritter a display of items used in attempted anti-Nazi attacks, including a bomb found on board the ocean liner "Bremen". See more »

Connections

Featured in The Andromeda Strain: Making the Film (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I Won't Dance
(uncredited)
Written by Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields and Otto A. Harbach
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Not One of Robert Wise's Best
26 December 2006 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

The Hindenburg disaster didn't last more than 3 minutes or so; then, if you want to make a movie with that subject, how do you complete the rest of the time a film is supposed to last? Not an easy task.

Robert Wise puts his best in trying but "Hindenburg" doesn't rise beyond a just standard disaster film. Some good sequences of the ship in the air and good performances from a reliable cast are not enough to raise such level. The plot, sort of interesting with the sabotage focus, is not great either.

Finally, the airship's destruction scenes mixed up with real footage is not bad, but you always wonder if including real shooting (that most of us have seen before), doesn't appear as a sort of cheating the easy way when it comes to movies about real facts; this is not a documentary film and I would have liked to see special effects on the crash we all knew was coming.

Robert Wise was indeed one of the most recognized directors in films and gave as such good products in different genres as "The Sound of Music", "Helen of Troy" or "The Day the Earth Stood Still" just to name a few. But "Hindemburg" -though watchable- is not among his best works and it didn't fulfill my expectations; not with Robert Wise in the direction.


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