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The Hindenburg (1975)

A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Richard Levinson (screen story), William Link (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Colonel Franz Ritter
Anne Bancroft ... Countess Ursula von Reugen
William Atherton ... Karl Boerth
Roy Thinnes ... Martin Vogel
Gig Young ... Edward Douglas
Burgess Meredith ... Emilio Pajetta
Charles Durning ... Captain Max Pruss
Richard Dysart ... Captain Ernst Lehman (as Richard A. Dysart)
Robert Clary ... Joseph Spah
Rene Auberjonois ... Major Napier
Peter Donat ... Reed Channing
Alan Oppenheimer ... Albert Breslau
Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Mildred Breslau
Joanna Moore ... Mrs. Channing
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Captain Fellows
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Storyline

This film is a compendium of the facts and fiction of the events leading up to the disaster. For dramatic effect, Sabotage was chosen as the cause, rather than electricity lashing out at a couple of tons of hydrogen. Written by Charles Holland <charley@themovies.com.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Of 97 aboard, eight had a motive for sabotage. One had a plot. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hindenburg See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,945,225
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Principal photography end date: November 27, 1974. See more »

Goofs

When the group of Hitler Youth arrive with their flags to waive goodbye to the Hindenburg, the flag in the top left corner of the movie has the swastika with the arms bent to the left (pointing downwards) instead of all the others bent to the right (pointing upwards). See more »

Quotes

Reed Channing: [the last line of Reed Channing's concert song; "There's a lot to be said for the Fuhrer"] Who else making opportunities for busy pioneers in occupa -
[Capt. Pruss slams the piano keyboard cover shut]
Capt. Pruss: [Joe Spah runs out of the lounge imitating airplane engine droning and waving a swastika hankerchief] Thank you so much, Mr Channing. Unfortunately your humor is not the same as ours. Good night, sir.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1936 Universal logo followed by a newsreel prior to the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Deleted scenes were added back into the film for television airings, including one in which Goebbels shows Ritter a display of items used in attempted anti-Nazi attacks, including a bomb found on board the ocean liner "Bremen". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Meteor (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Lot To Be Said for the Fuehrer
Music by David Shire
Lyric by Ed Kleban (as Edward Kleban)
Performed by Peter Donat (uncredited), Robert Clary (uncredited)
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Crash sequence was effective
27 January 2003 | by TSMChicagoSee all my reviews

I actually thought the crash sequence in "The Hindenburg" looked pretty realistic. The combination of newsreel footage and special effects was effective as it was often difficult to distinguish between the two.

Robert Wise was an editor on "Citizen Kane" and he skillfully combined studio shots with stock footage on that great film as well. What worked on both of these movies was that the new shots were matched with the archival footage in terms of quality. Scratches, shaky camera movements and other imperfections were added to the special effects sequences to blend better with the existing newsreels.

Sure the script has some flaws but let's face it, you watch a film like this to see the disaster and "The Hindenburg" delivers.


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