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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Of 97 aboard, eight had a motive for sabotage. One had a plot. 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

Burgess Meredith, Richard Dysart, and William Atherton also appeared in The Day of the Locust (1975). Both films were released the same year, and were set in the 1930's. Both films received Oscar nominations but failed to win in any category, though this film won special technical Oscars. See more »

Goofs

When Ritter discovers Boerth being tortured by Vogel, Boerth has been beaten and his face is bruised and one eye is swollen shut. When we see him on the catwalk a few seconds later, he only has a small amount of blood on his lip and all the swollen bruises are gone. See more »

Quotes

Emilio Pajetta: [Playing cards with the Countess, laying his hand down] Full house! Sorry it's not strip poker, eh, Countess?
Ursula, The Countess: [Laying her own hand down] You'd be looking for a fig leaf. Straight flush!
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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

In 1987, the BBFC passed this film with a PG rating for home video release with a run time of just 109 minutes (PAL) (25fps) which is about 113 minutes at NTSC conversion (24fps). In 2009 they then passed the film again with a PG rating for DVD release with a run time of 120 minutes (PAL) (25fps) which is the same as the theatrical time of 125 minutes at NTSC conversion (24fps). This suggests any video releases from 1987 through the 1990s in the UK were cut by around 12 minutes at 24fps. See more »

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Referenced in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »

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You're a Sweetheart
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The Tragedy In Lakehurst
31 October 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If a film about The Hindenburg had to be made it certainly would have been made in the decade of the disaster film, the Seventies. But this film labored under a unique handicap that none of the other disaster films of the decade had.

Unlike the sinking of the Titanic or the blowing up of Mount Krakatoa and certainly not like any of the potential but fictional disaster events that were film subjects, The Hindenburg was recorded on sight with newsreel cameras and on radio with Herbert Morrison's never to be forgotten broadcast. A lot of people now still remember it, let alone back in 1975.

What Robert Wise did and maybe more successfully than any other director was make full use of the famous newsreel footage and carefully edited it into his film, with slow motion techniques into the personal attempts by the cast to try and escape the holocaust. The Hindenburg received Oscar nominations for sound, cinematography, and art&set design with a special award for special effects. Yet no nomination for editing which the main plus this film has going for it.

Of course we don't know what ever really happened to the Hindenburg and the film takes account of all the theories put forth. It also uses the real names of the people who were passengers, crew, and officials of the Third Reich. The Nazi government had a big stake in the dirigible fleet they had built, they were as much propaganda value for them as Max Schmeling in boxing and Gottfried Von Cramm in tennis.

Of course had they had access to helium to float the big guys this might never have happened. But the USA had a near total monopoly on the world's helium and was not selling it to Hitler. Hence they used the lighter, but flammable hydrogen with the result of the tragedy.

George C. Scott and Anne Bancroft head the cast as a Luftwaffe official and a worldly old world countess traveling to the USA to visit her deaf mute daughter going to school for same in Boston. The Nazis didn't believe in helping those they considered defectives, another lovable quality about them.

The Hindenburg is a sobering and near factual account of what happened in Lakehurst, New Jersey that afternoon. It's one of the best of the Seventies disaster films and should not be missed.


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