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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.

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Etienne Périer (as Etienne Perier)

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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 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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England's last hope for survival. Germany's greatest chance for victory. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

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 Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »

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Surprisingly entertaining with images that will not soon be forgotten .....................
21 July 2011 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Picture seeing a colossal silver fish resting on the surface of a Norwegian fjord. That image from "Zeppelin" is unforgettable. The story of a secret German airship raid on a Scotish Castle to destroy British historical documents hidden there, is fast moving with little time for character development. There is also a tremendous stretch of believability. Nevertheless the special effects are so superior, that the script deficiencies are easily forgiven. Michael York is adequate as the British spy, and Elke Sommer plays the wife of the zeppelin's designer. Though not always logical, the film is imaginative and surprisingly entertaining, with images that will not soon be forgotten. Recommended. - MERK


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