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Crime of the Century (1996)

In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted,... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Ludovic Kennedy (book), William Nicholson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rea ... Bruno Richard Hauptmann
Isabella Rossellini ... Anna Hauptmann
J.T. Walsh ... Col. Norman Schwarzkopf
Michael Moriarty ... Governor Harold Hoffman
Allen Garfield ... Lt. James Finn
John Harkins ... Edward Reilly
Barry Primus ... Ellis Parker
David Paymer ... David Wilentz
Bert Remsen ... Dr. John Condon
Don Harvey ... Lt. Gus Kramer
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Commissioner ORyan
Stefan Gierasch ... Albert Osborn Sr.
Jay Acovone ... Sgt. Wallace
Vyto Ruginis ... Lloyd Fisher
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... Col. Charles Lindbergh
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Storyline

In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation against Hauptmann, the trial, and the execution, painting a picture of a corrupt police force under pressure to finger a killer framing an innocent man by manufacturing evidence, paying-off and blackmailing witnesses, and covering up exculpatory evidence. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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The most famous kidnapping in history claimed more than one victim.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense thematic elements, including an execution scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le crime du siècle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Father of Barbara Broccoli, Albert, waved to Lindbergh and he waved back, from the Spirit Of St.Louis in the air. See more »

Connections

Version of The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976) See more »

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Shameless
7 June 2002 | by richards-5See all my reviews

This is a pretty shameless piece of film-making. There is absolutely no hard evidence to support the film's flat claim that Bruno Hauptmann was entirely innocent, and most accounts of the Lindbergh kidnapping case, even those which cast doubt on his conviction, suggest that he was an arrogant, boorish man, not the kindhearted saint presented here. It's as unscrupulously manipulative as Ludovic Kennedy's original book, which has the temerity, in a work of non-fiction, to tell us what people were thinking about - and more than 60 years ago at that. There is, similarly, no back-up offered for the vilification of several of those responsible for Hauptmann's conviction. There are plenty of reasons to view the case with alarm, and to believe that Hauptmann was the victim of a miscarriage of justice (which doesn't necessarily mean he was innocent). To present so biased and distorted an account of the case does no good to the cause of getting at the facts. Stick with 1976's "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case", which sustains a neutral viewpoint - and is far more disturbing.


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