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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colonel Franz Ritter
Countess Ursula von Reugen
Karl Boerth
Martin Vogel
Edward Douglas
Emilio Pajetta
Captain Ernst Lehman (as Richard A. Dysart)
Joseph Spah
Major Napier
Peter Donat ...
Reed Channing
Albert Breslau
Mrs. Mildred Breslau
Mrs. Channing
Stephen Elliott ...
Captain Fellows


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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Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hindenburg  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


WLS radio announcer Herbert Morrison was present at the scene of the Hindenburg crash, along with his engineer Charlie Nehlsen, and recorded an eyewitness account of the unfolding tragedy. This audio clip can be heard at the end of the film. However, Nehlsen's recorder was running a bit slow, so that when the recording is played back at normal speed, the pitch of Morrison's real speaking voice is raised slightly. Also note that a slight cracking is audible at one point during the recording. This was caused by the shockwave of the explosion reaching the recorder just after Morrison shouts "It's burst into flames!" See more »


Although a military band played the German national anthem of The Hindenburg, no male spectator removed his hat and no military personnel saluted, which would have been simply inconceivable in the Nazi era. See more »


Karl Boerth: Excuse me, I'm just a poor gypsy.
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Crazy Credits

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


Edited into Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Vienna, Always Vienna
Music by Johann Schrammel
Arranged by John Cacavas
[opening newsreel sequence]
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The Hindenburg Flies
10 November 2004 | by (Delaware) – See all my reviews

The director, Robert Wise, made a very good movie on the Zeppelin disaster, the Hinderburg. The movie's only flaw is that almost everyone has an American accent. The language familiarity looses authenticity. You can't tell the difference from the Americans to the Germans. The American actors should have used German accents.

The superb cast is headed by George C. Scott,Anne Bancroft, and Charles Durning. It is fun to see many television actors get their chance to be in a good movie. Rene Auberjonois, Robert Clary, Roy Thinnes, and Joanne Cook Moore shine. Only William Atherton was able to make several good movies as a supporting actor.

After all these years, nobody knows the truth on the Hindenburg disaster. However, the movie tells an interesting story. The movie's version sounds compelling. They claim the Hinderburg was blown up by a saboteur.

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