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Zeppelin (1971)

In 1915, frustrated with the German air-raids on London, British Intelligence sends Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas, who has German ancestry, to Germany, to find information about the latest German Zeppelin.

Director:

Etienne Périer (as Etienne Perier)

Writers:

Arthur Rowe (screenplay), Donald Churchill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael York ... Geoffrey Richter-Douglas
Elke Sommer ... Erika Altschul
Peter Carsten ... Major Tauntler
Marius Goring ... Prof. Altschul
Anton Diffring ... Colonel Hirsch
Andrew Keir ... Von Gorian
Rupert Davies ... Captain Whitney
Alexandra Stewart ... Stephanie
William Marlowe ... Anderson
Richard Hurndall ... Blinker Hall
Michael Robbins ... Cockney Sergeant
George Mikell George Mikell ... German Officer
Clive Morton ... Lord Delford
Gary Waldhorn ... Harlich
Alan Rothwell ... Brandner
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Storyline

The outbreak of World War I places Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas in an uncomfortable position. Although his allegiance is to Britain, his mother was from an aristocratic Bavarian family, and he spent his summers in Germany as a child. When Geoffrey is approached by a German spy who offers him a chance to defect, he reports the incident to his superiors, but instead of arresting the spy they suggest that he accept her offer--and become an Allied agent. In Germany, among old friends, Geoffrey discovers that loyalty is more complicated than he expected, especially when he finds himself aboard the maiden voyage of a powerful new prototype Zeppelin, headed for Scotland on a secret mission that could decide the outcome of the war. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The Great War's most explosive moment! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zeppelin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Rothwell and Frazer Hines were dubbed See more »

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Mustard gas, as supposedly carried aboard the airship, was not used until 1917. See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey von Richter-Douglas: Where are the parachutes?
Frau Dr. Ericka Altschul: What parachutes?
Geoffrey von Richter-Douglas: Well, for emergencies. How do you get out of here quickly?
Von Gorian: Jump.
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Referenced in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »

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a movie about a little known subject--however a major plot hole?
9 January 2005 | by zooeyhallSee all my reviews

First---I want to say I have always enjoyed this movie since first seeing it some years ago. It explores some aspects of of a (relatively) little-know war i.e. World War I, and especially the use and technology of Zeppelins--which has been rare to non-existent in cinema.

Recently having purchased a video tape of the movie, I noticed something that has raised questions in my mind. In the movie, it is stated more times how critical weight is on a Zeppelin. For instance, when Richter-Douglas is first brought on board, Frau Altschul says "weight is critical on an airship--we haven't allowed for this man!" However, later when the Zeppelin has docked on the ship in the North Sea, a score or more of the men who are the "commandos" board the ship, and nothing is said about extra weight.

The only thing I can surmise is that the men who were to actually perform the commando raid in Scotland replaced the regular Zeppelin crew; who consequently disembarked and were left on the naval ship. If this happened in the movie or was mentioned, did I miss it?


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