Five people heist the Camp Pendleton payroll, kidnap a pilot and his daughter, who are forced to fly them to Mexico. Enroute a double cross has one of the thieves parachute with the loot ... See full summary »
Michael David Simms,
A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.
Morgan and his friends are on a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps. Looking for help, Morgan stumbles across a barn inhabited by an ... See full summary »
Bert I. Gordon
It is Los Angeles, 1991. Jack Deth has become accustomed to life with his new wife, Lena, in the six years since they singed Whistler. Hap Ashby, a former pitcher for the California Angels,... See full summary »
T, as most of his friends, lives in a self-constructed 'house', built on top of an old building in the city. Their one passion is 'combat'. Combat is a dance/streetfight during which the ... See full summary »
The working class twin sister of a callous wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes the identity of the dead woman. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.
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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Some, though not all, of the characters in the film have different names from their historical counterparts. For example, Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott) was Colonel Fritz Erdmann in real life; the Countess (Anne Bancroft) was actually Margaret Mather; Martin Vogel (Roy Thinnes) represents Karl Otto Clemens; Captain Fellows (Stephen Elliott) is based on U.S. Navy airship commander Charles Rosendahl; Karl Borth (William Atherton) was named Eric Spehl in real life; his mistress, Freda Halle (Lisa Pera) was Beatrice Friedrich; Mr. and Mrs. Reed Channing (Peter Donat and Joanna Moore) were Leonhard and Gertrud Adelt; the Breslau family (Alan Oppenheimer, Katherine Helmond, Jean Rasey, Johnny Lee and Stephen Manley) was actually the Doehnerr family; Dimmler (Rex Holman), while there was an engineering officer by that name, is shown stationed in the main control gondola and likely represents either Captain Albert Sammt or Captain Anton Wittemann. Captain Ernst Lehmann, Captain Max Pruss, Joseph Spah, Edward Douglas, Ludwig Knorr, Hugo Eckener and Joseph Goebbels are among those who were called by their real historical names in the film. See more »
The passenger list that Mildred Breslau looks at before takeoff has many errors. Errors include Franz Ritter listed as Franz Kessler, Martin Vogel as Otto Vogel, Valerie Breslau as Irene Breslau, and Ursula von Reugen as Ursula von Scharnwitz. Additionally, there are 51 passengers; when in reality there were only 36 passengers aboard on the Hindenburg's last flight. This list appears to be from an earlier version of the screenplay. See more »
[the last line of Reed Channing's concert song; "There's a lot to be said for the Fuhrer"]
Who else making opportunities for busy pioneers in occupa -
[Capt. Pruss slams the piano keyboard cover shut]
[Joe Spah runs out of the lounge imitating airplane engine droning and waving a swastika hankerchief]
Thank you so much, Mr Channing. Unfortunately your humor is not the same as ours. Good night, sir.
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The Hindenburg disaster didn't last more than 3 minutes or so; then, if you want to make a movie with that subject, how do you complete the rest of the time a film is supposed to last? Not an easy task.
Robert Wise puts his best in trying but "Hindenburg" doesn't rise beyond a just standard disaster film. Some good sequences of the ship in the air and good performances from a reliable cast are not enough to raise such level. The plot, sort of interesting with the sabotage focus, is not great either.
Finally, the airship's destruction scenes mixed up with real footage is not bad, but you always wonder if including real shooting (that most of us have seen before), doesn't appear as a sort of cheating the easy way when it comes to movies about real facts; this is not a documentary film and I would have liked to see special effects on the crash we all knew was coming.
Robert Wise was indeed one of the most recognized directors in films and gave as such good products in different genres as "The Sound of Music", "Helen of Troy" or "The Day the Earth Stood Still" just to name a few. But "Hindemburg" -though watchable- is not among his best works and it didn't fulfill my expectations; not with Robert Wise in the direction.
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