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Zeppelin (1971)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  6 October 1971 (USA)
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The outbreak of World War I places Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas in an uncomfortable position. Although his allegiance is to Britain, his mother was from an aristocratic Bavarian ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Geoffrey Richter-Douglas
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Erika Altschul
Peter Carsten ...
Major Tauntler
Marius Goring ...
Prof. Altschul
Anton Diffring ...
Colonel Hirsch
Andrew Keir ...
Von Gorian
Rupert Davies ...
Captain Whitney
Alexandra Stewart ...
Stephanie
William Marlowe ...
Anderson
Richard Hurndall ...
Blinker Hall
Michael Robbins ...
Cockney Sergeant
George Mikell ...
German Officer
Clive Morton ...
Lord Delford
Gary Waldhorn ...
Harlich
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Brandner
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The outbreak of World War I places Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas in an uncomfortable position. Although his allegiance is to Britain, his mother was from an aristocratic Bavarian family, and he spent his summers in Germany as a child. When Geoffrey is approached by a German spy who offers him a chance to defect, he reports the incident to his superiors, but instead of arresting the spy they suggest that he accept her offer--and become an Allied agent. In Germany, among old friends, Geoffrey discovers that loyalty is more complicated than he expected, especially when he finds himself aboard the maiden voyage of a powerful new prototype Zeppelin, headed for Scotland on a secret mission that could decide the outcome of the war. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The Great War's most explosive moment!

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Adventure | Drama | War

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6 October 1971 (USA)  »

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A Zeppelin  »

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Trivia

Tragedy struck during the production when a plane and a helicopter collided and four people were killed, including second unit cameraman Skeets Kelly. See more »

Goofs

The crew of the Zeppelin use feet, pounds and mph, whereas being German they would use metric measures, metres, kilograms and kph (or perhaps knots). See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey von Richter-Douglas: Where are the parachutes?
Frau Dr. Ericka Altschul: What parachutes?
Geoffrey von Richter-Douglas: Well, for emergencies. How do you get out of here quickly?
Von Gorian: Jump.
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worth seeing just for the aerial scenes
9 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I will admit that the plot of ZEPPELIN is okay and not the best I have ever seen, I still like this movie a lot. Michael York plays a British agent that pretends to defect in order to learn the German airship secrets. Along the way he meets the extremely attractive Elke Sommer, though what all that has to do with war, I never was really certain.

The film concerns an era that we seldom talk about--WWI and the terror that seized the Allies when the Germans first rained bombs on an unsuspecting London. For the life of me, I can't recall another movie that mentions this in any way, so historically speaking this is an important topic.

I was fortunate enough to have seen this film on the big screen when it first came out in the very early 1970s. I remember sitting in the first row in the balcony and watching the big screen as the Zeppelin first appeared up out of the clouds--pretty reminiscent of the shark attacking in the later film, JAWS! Much of the film is set on the dirigible, the scenery is great and the Zeppelin scenes are pretty realistic. Give it a try--it's a forgotten and worthwhile film.


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