The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  26 February 1976 (USA)
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Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Alexander ...
Violet Sharpe
Sian Barbara Allen ...
Peter Donat ...
John Fink ...
Mr. Anderson
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Gov. Hal Hoffman
Frank Marth ...
Chief Harry Wolfe
Lt. Jim Finn
Robert Sampson ...
John Curtis
Joseph Stern ...
Dr. Schonfeld
Katherine Woodville ...
Betty Gow (as Kate Woodville)


Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.

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Crime | Drama






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26 February 1976 (USA)  »

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Die Entführung des Lindbergh-Babys  »

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Did You Know?


The character, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf played here by Peter Donat, was the father of Norman Schwarzkopf of Desert Storm fame. He also founded the New Jersey State Police and was a narrator of the radio series "Gangbusters". See more »


On the stand Bruno said he was gassed on Xmas 1918, the war ended on Nov. 11,1918. See more »

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In deep appreciation this film is dedicated to Leonard Horn for whom it all began. See more »


Version of Crime of the Century (1996) See more »

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Significant piece of history.
19 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

It can be disturbing sometimes, to see how some sides of our society have deteriorated in the 1990's. In the 1930's the kidnapping/killing of American hero aviator Charles Lindberg's baby represents a low point in our humanity.

Telling this story is tough, particularly since the evidence was all circumstantial. Whereas the 1996 film `Crime of the Century' approaches the after-the-fact investigation, with a perspective that Bruno Hauptmann (executed for the crime) indeed may have been wrongfully convicted, this film (from 1976) pursues a more clinical, step-wise, investigative approach. The dictum here seems to be to substantiate the verdict within the bounds of historical accuracy.

Nice turns by Cliff DeYoung as Charles Lindbergh, and Anthony Hopkins for his portrayal of Hauptmann (for which he won an EMMY). The presentation is a bit dry, confusing, and long (148mins). You might want to find a nice supplemental text to help you better understand the main players and the chronology of events.

But if you're unfamiliar with much of the circumstances you will definitely want to take a look.

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