A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ritter
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The Countess
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Boerth
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Martin Vogel
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Edward Douglas
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Emilio Pajetta
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Lehman (as Richard A. Dysart)
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Joe Spah
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Major Napier
Peter Donat ...
Reed Channing
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Albert Breslau
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Mrs. Mildred Breslau
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Mrs. Channing
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>

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Of 97 aboard, eight had a motive. One had a plot. By some miracle, 62 survived. See more »


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25 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Hindenburg  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Blimp hangar two, at MCAS Tustin California, was used as a stand-in during the landing scenes of Lakehurst, NJ. See more »

Goofs

The countess is reading "Vom Winde verweht", the German translation of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind". However, the German edition only came out in October 1937, five months after the events. Moreover, the book in the movie is clearly a 1960s-vintage "rororo" paperback, whereas only a hardcover of "Vom Winde verweht" was available in Germany initially, and until well after the war. See more »

Quotes

Goebbels: There is no resistance movement, Colonel!
Colonel Franz Ritter: That's reassuring, coming from the Minister of Propoganda.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1936 Universal logo followed by a newsreel prior to the credits. See more »

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Features Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschland Uber Alles
(uncredited)
Music by'Joseph Haydn'
Arranged by John Cacavas
[opening newsreel sequence]
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Crash sequence was effective
27 January 2003 | by (Palatine, IL) – See all my reviews

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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