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The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)

On March 1, 1932, the infant Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the son and namesake of the famed pilot, is kidnapped. After he is later found dead, a German immigrant named Bruno Hauptmann is tried for kidnapping and murder.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writer:

J.P. Miller (as JP Miller)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff De Young ... Charles Lindbergh
Anthony Hopkins ... Bruno Richard Hauptmann
Denise Alexander ... Violet Sharpe
Sian Barbara Allen ... Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Martin Balsam ... Edward J. Reilly
Peter Donat ... Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
John Fink ... Mr. Anderson
Dean Jagger ... Koehler
Laurence Luckinbill ... Gov. Hal Hoffman
Frank Marth ... Chief Harry Wolfe
Tony Roberts ... Lt. Jim Finn
Robert Sampson ... John Curtis
David Spielberg ... David Wilentz
Joseph Stern ... Dr. Schonfeld
Katherine Woodville ... Betty Gow (as Kate Woodville)
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Storyline

When the child of world-famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh (Cliff De Young) is kidnapped from his New Jersey home, speculation about who took him and why grips the entire nation. During the subsequent investigation, the child is found murdered, and a German carpenter named Bruno Richard Hauptmann (Sir Anthony Hopkins) emerges as the primary suspect. The media buzz surrounding the trial is enormous, and while the facts seem to be against Hauptmann, the wild theories nevertheless continue to proliferate. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Trivia

When the twenty-month-old Lindbergh baby appeared on the 1932 cover of TIME Magazine, he became the youngest cover subject in the magazine's history. See more »

Goofs

In the first 20 minutes of the movie (taking place in 1932) they showed a 1938 or 1939 Ford Police car (with siren). See more »

Crazy Credits

In deep appreciation this film is dedicated to Leonard Horn for whom it all began. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Without a Trace (1983) See more »

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Tour de Force by Hopkins
7 August 2001 | by shark-43See all my reviews

I was a teenager when I first saw this on TV and was blown away by this unknown actor who played the accused kidnapper. Hopkins performance is amazing. He also did fantastic work around the same time in the great mini-series QBVII. The film is a bit slow and meandering, but the subject matter is gripping, the acting is well done and again, a first rate piece of work by Sir Anthony Hopkins.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entführung des Lindbergh-Babys See more »

Filming Locations:

Colusa, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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