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Zeppelin (1971)





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Set during World War I, Zeppelin stars Michael York as Geoffrey Richter-Douglas, a British defector who goes to work in the fledgling German airship industry. In truth, Richter-Douglas is a spy, who has feigned defection in order to steal the plans for the revolutionary new Zeppelin. Our hero goes under cover so well that, when he tries to inform his own government of a German plan to steal the Magna Carta and thus irreparably damage British morale, no one believes him! Marius Goring costars as the inventor of the Zeppelin, who is racked with guilt when he learns that his creation is to be used for underhanded purposes, while Elke Sommer plays Goring's wife, who ends up helping Richter-Douglas to thwart the robbery scheme. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Apr 3, 1991
Warner Home Video


Michael York
as Geoffrey Richter-Dou...
Elke Sommer
as Erika Altschal
Peter Carsten
as Maj. Alfred Tauntler
Marius Goring
as Prof. Christian Alts...
Anton Diffring
as Col. Johann Hirsch
Andrew Keir
as Von Gorian
John Clark
as Naval Captain
Matthew Long
as Naval Gunner
Michael Robbins
as Cockney Sergeant
John Gill
as Meier
Ben Howard
as Jamie Fergusson
Arnold Diamond
as Maj. Proudfoot
Ronald Adam
as Prime Minister
Frazer Hines
as Radio Operator
Ruth Kettlewell
as Mrs. Parker
Ray Lonnen
as Sgt. Grant
Bryan Coleman
as Col. Whippen
Rupert Davies
as Capt. Whitney
Richard Hurndall
as Blinker Hall
George Mikell
as German Officer
Clive Morton
as Lord Delford
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Critic Reviews for Zeppelin

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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New York Times
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January 26, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

February 27, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Zeppelin

A WW1 soldier "defects" to Germany so that he can spy on their zeppelin programme, only to discover that they intend on using it to steal the Magna Carta. It's a ridiculous plot, and I was expecting it to be a ridiculous film. But while it was indeed fairly stupid, it never seemed as aware of the fact as the plot required. So instead of the crazy action-adventure film it should have been it becomes a fairly silly drama. I still enjoyed it, but it had the potential to be more. Or less, depending on your point of view. The funniest thing about the film is that the film is just realistic enough that the plot is genuinely as dumb as it sounds. Our "hero" doesn't really do anything to foil the villains, they do that by themselves. All he can do is kill an innocent civilian and get shot.

And Michael York is the worst spy in the history of spies. Honestly. You can believe he'd be Austin Power's boss.

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