This last film in the 'Airport 'series ends fast - with an SST (supersonic transport); Concorde. Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) Murray deal with nuclear missiles being fired at the'speed-bird... See full summary »
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
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WLS radio announcer Herbert Morrison was present at the scene of the Hindenburg crash, along with his engineer Charlie Nehlsen, and recorded an eyewitness account of the unfolding tragedy. The audio clip plays at the end of the film. Nehlsen's recorder was running a bit slow, so when the recording is played back at normal speed, the pitch of Morrison's voice is raised slightly. The slight cracking at one point was caused by the shockwave of the explosion reaching the recorder just after Morrison shouts "It's burst into flames!" See more »
At the beginning of the film, when the woman is writing to the German embassy about her premonition, the caption introducing this scene says "April 17, 1937", but the date she has written at the top of the letter is April 8. See more »
The film opens with the 1936 Universal logo followed by a newsreel prior to the credits. See more »
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 »
This is very much a niche film--one that will appeal to some viewers but probably not most. I was attracted to it for two reasons--my love of George C. Scott films as well as because I am a huge airship lover and have always wondered what it would have been like to ride in one of these behemoths. However, given that most people DON'T have this fantasy and Scott is quickly becoming a forgotten name in films, I honestly can't see most people seeing or enjoying the film.
The film is a fictionalized account of the final voyage of the Hindenburg. While it is all supposition and guesswork, it is pretty exciting. Plus at the end of the film they did a nice job of integrating existing newsreel footage into the body of the movie. The acting is pretty good and the special effects excellent, but much of the spectacle is lost on television--it was amazing on the big screen.
Overall, history lovers will be happy but most others who have no idea about this event or its context will probably be left bored and confused.
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