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The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 26 February 1976
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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When the child of world-famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh is kidnapped from his New Jersey home, speculation about who took him and why grips the entire nation. During the subsequent investigation, the child is found murdered, and a German carpenter named Bruno Richard Hauptmann emerges as the primary suspect. The media buzz surrounding the trial is enormous, and while the facts seem to be against Hauptmann, the wild theories nevertheless continue to proliferate. Written by Jwelch5742

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Die Entführung des Lindbergh-Babys  »

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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 »

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In the first 20 minutes of the movie (taking place in 1932) they showed a 1938 or 1939 Ford Police car (with siren). See more »

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

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Reasonable but overlong
27 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a reasonable telling of a true story that gripped America in the thirties but it was definitely overlong.I do usually enjoy courtroom dramas but must admit that this isn't at the top of the tree for me.For some reason I found it to be less than gripping and I also found the editing at times to be abrupt and a bit confusing.

On the plus side,the acting is pretty good and Anthony Hopkins did well in a role that made it difficult for anyone to have any sympathy for his character.You did get the feeling that some things were never discovered such as was the child murdered by just one person and this gave the movie a flat almost empty ending.

Not too bad I suppose but at least thirty minutes too long.


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