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The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg (1975)


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"The German Air Force is not at all what it used to be," says Anne Bancroft's Countess, about 16 minutes into The Hindenburg, pausing and then adding, "But then, nothing is these days." That seems to sum up the ponderous, irony-laden script and plot of Robert Wise's movie, which is posited -- in true post-Watergate fashion -- upon notions of conspiracy and cover-up behind the destruction of the German airship. The movie opens with a handy Universal newsreel that gives a vestpocket history of

Oct 27, 1998

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

Disappointing disaster formula flick

March 9, 2007
Old School Reviews

A fascinating historical drama that deserves to be seriously re-evaluated.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Stilted action adventure. You hang around to see which stars will burn to death.

April 1, 2005

Blimpy make believe script surrounding a true disaster.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Nothing could save either the Hindenburg or the film from disaster.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The Hindenburg has been heavily critisied and in my view, unfairly treated since its release in 1975. Among the countless disaster films of the mid 70s, The Hindenburg is probably one of the best. It takes liberties with history, playing on the fact that it has never been 100% proven as to why the Hindenburg exploded but none of the scenarios are unrealistic or without merit. It's formulaic, much like the other disaster films of the era and it has its fair share of misleading sub-plots but the ensemble cast make it very enjoyable. With films like this it is all about the big build up and then the pay off and for my money Robert Wise achieved both. Maybe it was rejected as being too clever, 'The thinking mans disaster film' possibly. The sad truth is that people just want to see it burn at the end of the day. I'll take this over Titanic, Towering Inferno and the rest of them any day. Robert Wise is one of the unappreciated directors of all time too, he deserves much more credit than he is remembered for.
March 6, 2014

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Underrated disaster film based on the real life 1937 disaster of the Hindenburg is very good entertainment for what it is. The film is far from perfect, but is much better than most disaster films of the era. Entertaining for what it is, the film relies on the sabotage conspiracy aspect of the disaster, suggesting that the airship was sabotaged. This plays out more like a popcorn disaster flick that ignores the facts, and that's the film's biggest weakness. I liked the film for what it was, but there were things that I didn't enjoy, such as the Gestapo trying to be the heroes and save the Hindenburg was out of place. I think it's sickening that they tried to make them the heroes of the film, and considering that Gestapo were a symbol of Nazi Oppression, they should never have put that in the film, and stuck to the facts. Facts are what make true disasters interesting to retell and captivate an audience, and I think they could have reworked some aspects of the film slightly to make it much more entertaining. Enjoyable, and flawed, The Hindenburg nonetheless is a good film and manages to overcome its flaws by culminating with a good climax. This film is very different than other films that appeared during this time because it was based on true events, and despite the fact that the film's plot was altered to try to give it more drama, this is a good film that should appeal to disaster film fans who are want something that really happened. The acting is pretty good for what it is, and there's enough to like here to make The Hidenburg a fun little flick to enjoy, a much underrated film that doesn't deserve all the flack it has received.
November 9, 2012
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