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The Hindenburg (1975)

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

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Captain Ernst Lehman (as Richard A. Dysart)
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Joseph Spah
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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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PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hindenburg  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,945,225
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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

Principal photography end date: November 27, 1974. See more »

Goofs

When the two Luftwaffe officers meet Col. Ritter at the airfield to brief him about his mission, they refer to the possibility of him being awarded the Knights Cross to his Iron Cross. As this takes place in 1937 immediately after the Spanish Civil War and before the outbreak of WW2 in September 1939, it would have been impossible because the Knights Cross did not exist until the world war started when new awards of the Iron Cross were instituted and the Knights Cross was also introduced as a higher grade. See more »

Quotes

Emilio Pajetta: [Playing cards with the Countess, laying his hand down] Full house! Sorry it's not strip poker, eh, Countess?
Ursula, The Countess: [Laying her own hand down] You'd be looking for a fig leaf. Straight flush!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Sweetheart
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh
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Not One of Robert Wise's Best
26 December 2006 | by 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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