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The Hindenburg (1975)

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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. 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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Trivia

A real-life tragedy nearly happened during the filming of the Hindenburg's fiery death. A full-scale section of the Hindenburg's nose was built for the film, and was set to be destroyed by fire for the film's final destruction sequence. A half-dozen stunt artists wearing fire-retardant gear were placed in the nose replica as it was set afire; however, the fire quickly got out of control, causing several stunt artists to get lost in the smoke, damaging several cameras filming the action, and nearly destroying the sound stage. Some of the footage from this sequence was used in the final cut of the film, but the full sequence, as it had been planned, was not included. See more »

Goofs

On the Hindenburg's final voyage, its famous baby grand piano was not aboard. Nonetheless, halfway into the movie, there is a very funny scene with Joseph Spah performing while it is being played. 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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Connections

Spoofed in The Sonny and Cher Show: Episode #2.5 (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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