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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Blimp hangar two, at MCAS Tustin California, was used as a stand-in during the landing scenes of Lakehurst, NJ. See more »
The incident depicting the Hindenburg's crew repairing the tear in the Zeppelin's cover as it drifts lower and lower over the Atlantic is factual; however, the event occurred on the Graf Zeppelin, not the Hindenburg. See more »
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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