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Crime of the Century (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  14 September 1996 (USA)
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In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted,... See full summary »

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In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation against Hauptmann, the trial, and the execution, painting a picture of a corrupt police force under pressure to finger a killer framing an innocent man by manufacturing evidence, paying-off and blackmailing witnesses, and covering up exculpatory evidence. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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The most famous kidnapping in history claimed more than one victim.

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Rated PG-13 for some intense thematic elements, including an execution scene | See all certifications »
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14 September 1996 (USA)  »

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A Lindbergh-bébi elrablása  »

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The character, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf played here by J.T. Walsh, was the father of Norman Schwarzkopf of Desert Storm fame. See more »

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Version of The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976) See more »

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A journeyman docudrama but not a documentary.
8 March 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Crime of the Century" is a fictional recounting the story of the Lindberg kidnapping. I presumes the innocence of Hauptman (Rea), the alleged kidnapper. It could have left the audience in question of Haputman's innocence thereby aligning it with the 60 year old controversy. It could have even set forth the compelling notion that the Lindberg baby lives today, but it does not. Instead it walks us through the legal process showing the case to be a colossal miscarriage of justice. Hence, "Crime..." is little more than a journeyman flick which attempts to capitalize on the infamy of the crime. An enjoyable watch for those interested in the notorious case.


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