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The Hindenburg (1975)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Colonel Franz Ritter
... Countess Ursula von Reugen
... Karl Boerth
... Martin Vogel
... Edward Douglas
... Emilio Pajetta
... Captain Max Pruss
... Captain Ernst Lehman (as Richard A. Dysart)
... Joseph Spah
... Major Napier
... Reed Channing
... Albert Breslau
... Mrs. Mildred Breslau
... Mrs. Channing
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>

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Of 97 aboard, eight had a motive. One had a plot. By some miracle, 62 survived. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hindenburg  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,945,225
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(70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography start date: August 12th, 1974. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when the woman is writing to the German embassy about her premonition, the caption introducing this scene says "April 17, 1937", but the date she has written at the top of the letter is April 8. See more »

Quotes

[as the ship begins to crash]
Capt. Pruss: [whisper, then shout] No... No!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

I Won't Dance
(uncredited)
Written by Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields and Otto A. Harbach
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Absorbing but slow-moving disaster film could have been so much better...
29 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Even the presence of someone like GEORGE C. SCOTT can't save THE HINDENBERG from being a less than extraordinary recreation of the famous tragedy at Lakehurst, N.J. when the German dirigible fueled by hydrogen caught fire during its landing during a lightning storm.

The most compelling footage comes toward the end of the film, when the craft is about to land and we know the unthinkable is about to happen. The special effects (designed by Alfred Whitlock) are especially strong here and combined with actual black and white footage of the event, it is mind boggling to watch. Ironically, the craft was so close to landing, with men on the ground already holding onto the landing ropes to secure the craft for its safe approach.

Unfortunately, the script Robert Wise directs is sub-par as far as interest in the characters. I'd be tempted to call it "Grand Hotel in the Sky" but there's not even enough soap-opera element to the cast of passengers that make any of them memorable, including ANNE BANCROFT, as a Countess, GIG YOUNG and BURGESS MEREDITH.

The plot is mostly fiction about a crew member causing a bomb to explode and ignite the huge aircraft, not really substantiated by the known facts although it makes for a compelling story. Historically correct or not, it's a film worth seeing but don't expect a disaster film comparable to THE TOWERING INFERNO or TITANIC.

What's really fascinating is seeing what the inside of the dirigible is like for passenger travel, truly elegant and comfortable...a reminder of the sort of elegance that greeted those aboard the TITANIC.


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