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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Colonel Franz Ritter
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Countess Ursula von Reugen
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Karl Boerth
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Martin Vogel
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Edward Douglas
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Emilio Pajetta
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Captain Ernst Lehman (as Richard A. Dysart)
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Joseph Spah
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Major Napier
Peter Donat ...
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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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)  »

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Hindenburg  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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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

The actual site of the Hindenburg crash at Lakehurst Naval Air Station (now part of Joint Base Lakehurst-Dix-McGuire) is marked with a chain-outlined pad and bronze plaque where the airship's gondola landed. It was dedicated on May 6, 1987; the 50th anniversary of the disaster. Hangar #1, which still stands, is where the airship was to be housed after landing. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. 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

Colonel Franz Ritter: We're all gonna die! Where's the bomb!
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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

Featured in SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Mountaineer March
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by John Cacavas
[opening newsreel sequence]
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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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