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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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HIGH! - In Action! Adventure! Romance! See more »

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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

Producer J Ronald Getty was the son of J Paul Getty, named by Fortune Magazine in 1957 as the richest living American. This would be the first of 4 movies which he produced See more »

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One primary goal of the mission is to destroy "the" Magna Carta, thus demoralizing the British people. However, unlike the U.S. Constitution, the Magna Carta is not a single document but a series of nearly identical charters issued by royal seal. There were 11 "originals," each considered equally original, issued in 1215, of which 4 still survive. There were additional "exemplifications" issued under royal seal throughout the 13th Century, of which 20 more also survive. The destruction of a single version would, therefore, fail to accomplish the German mission of destroying the document. 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 The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) See more »

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for once, Elke Sommer gets a role based on more than her looks
18 August 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

For years, I had heard loosely about the use of zeppelins in WWI. Etienne Perier's movie "Zeppelin" does a very good job telling a specific story. It focuses on ancestrally-German Brit Geoffrey Richter-Douglas (Michael York) getting torn between allegiance to his native country and his ancestral land when he gets a chance to go to Germany to ride a zeppelin; he goes there, but of course doesn't tell his hosts that he's actually there as a UK agent. Then comes the ride aboard the zeppelin.

In my opinion, probably the movie's most interesting aspect is Elke Sommer's role. Throughout the '60s, she was one of the go-to women for sex kitten roles. Here, her character is Frau Dr. Erika Altschul, the wife of the zeppelin's inventor. She's a very educated, articulate woman not about to let anyone order her around. Granted, she's still quite pretty - and in one scene, we can see from her shadow on the wall that she's taking off her clothes! - but this is a totally different kind of role for her. Of course, I praise her for accepting a new kind of role for once.

Anyway, while this may not be the best movie ever, I certainly recommend it. Some of the early scenes give one the feeling of having been in England during WWI when the Germans were bombing (the truth is, we Americans have never experienced anything like that). Definitely worth seeing.


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