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The Hindenburg (1975)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  25 December 1975 (USA)
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A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

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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
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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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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 for sabotage. One had a plot. 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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Reed Channing: [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]
Capt. Pruss: [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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There's A Lot to be Said for the Fuehrer
Music by David Shire
Lyric by Ed Kleban
Performed by Peter Donat, Robert Clary (uncredited)
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Not One of Robert Wise's Best
26 December 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

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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