Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level. When his gardener's son is brutally beaten up by the police ... 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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Whether or not they had paperbacks in Germany in 1937 (see "Goofs" section), the novel the countess is reading is a German-language edition of 'Gone with the Wind'. See more »
When the riggers are repairing the tear in the port horizontal stabilizer, one of them begins to climb on the framework, and then loses his grip, almost falling through the bottom skin. As he is caught by the other riggers, and turns around, the wire (and harness it is attached to) holding him up can clearly be seen. See more »
Colonel Franz Ritter:
We're all gonna die! Where's the bomb!
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I actually thought the crash sequence in "The Hindenburg" looked pretty realistic. The combination of newsreel footage and special effects was effective as it was often difficult to distinguish between the two.
Robert Wise was an editor on "Citizen Kane" and he skillfully combined studio shots with stock footage on that great film as well. What worked on both of these movies was that the new shots were matched with the archival footage in terms of quality. Scratches, shaky camera movements and other imperfections were added to the special effects sequences to blend better with the existing newsreels.
Sure the script has some flaws but let's face it, you watch a film like this to see the disaster and "The Hindenburg" delivers.
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