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The Hindenburg (1975)

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Speculating that the infamous zeppelin explosion was the work of Nazi terrorists, this drama chronicles the events leading up to the Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Universal Pictures

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Cast

George C. Scott
as Col. Ritter
Anne Bancroft
as Countess
Gig Young
as Douglas
Roy Thinnes
as Vogel
Burgess Meredith
as Emilio Pajetta
Charles Durning
as Capt. Pruss
Richard Dysart
as Lehmann
ROBERT CLARY
as Joe Spah
Rene Auberjonois
as Maj. Napier
Peter Donat
as Reed Channing
Alan Oppenheimer
as Albert Breslau
Katherine Helmond
as Mrs. Mildred Breslau
Joanna Cook Moore
as Mrs. Channing
Stephen Elliott
as Capt. Fellows
Joyce Davis
as Eleanore Ritter
John Lee
as Paul Breslau
Jean Rasey
as Valerie Breslau
Ted Gehring
as Knorr
Lisa Pera
as Freda Halle
Joe Turkel
as Detective Moore
Joe Di Reda
as Schulz
Peter Canon
as Ludecke
Rex Holman
as Dimmler
Jan Merlin
as Speck
Betsy Jones-Moreland
as Stewardess Imhoff
Colby Chester
as Eliot Howell III
Teno Pollick
as Frankel
Curt Lowens
as Elevator Man
Kip Niven
as Lt. Truscott
Herbert Nelson
as Dr. Eckener
Scott Walker
as Gestapo Major
Ruth Kobart
as Hattie
Greg Mullavey
as Morrison
Val Bisoglio
as Lt. Lombardi
Simon Scott
as Luftwaffe General
William Sylvester
as Luftwaffe Colonel
David Mauro
as Goebbels
Joseph Turkel
as Detective Moore
Sandy Ward
as Detective Grunberger
Johnny Lee
as Paul Breslau
Stephen Manley
as Peter Breslau
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Hindenburg

½

Somewhat boring thriller with a good cast but no real tension. After all, the only fact most people know is the outcome, and they can only string along the question of how for so long. Also a bit tasteless to take advantage of a real disaster for phony melodrama. It'd be a bit like having a plot about something normal only to tie it in to 9/11 to add some pathos. Oh wait, they did that too. Dammit Hollywood!

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn
½

Allow me to begin with a thought, and an important thought at that. A disaster film about a disaster such as the destruction as The Hindenburg airship would not be an easy task to construct. Not because of the depiction of the disaster itself, which would undoubtedly take an unforeseeable amount of time, patience, skill, creativity, and intelligence to develop, but because this disaster occurred over the course of a few minutes. That's it. This disaster isn't like the Titanic, which took hours to sink. The cinematic depiction of the disaster is only going to take up a tiny fraction of the runtime. This means that in order for a film like this work, the drama has to be palpable and must stand on its own two feet because that's what's going to be taking up a majority of the picture. This doesn't happen with this 1975 disaster flick. The Hindenburg stars the esteemed talents of George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, and even Burgess Meredith. One can always trust stars like these to give smart and well-crafted performances. Unfortunately, the script doesn't really give them much to work with. As a result, they spend most of the film trying to convince the audience and themselves that they care about a story that they very obviously do not care about. Even George C. Scott, one of the most respected an diligent actors in the history of film, seems unsure of how he's suppose to feel about most of what's happening around him and how much he's suppose to care. As a result, the audience isn't sure how much to care. The first thing a person going in to see this film is going to need to know is that this film is based on a book that deals with the theory that the Hindenburg was destroyed as a case of sabotage. Some people are going to be turned away immediately since there has never been any historical evidence of actual sabotage in regards to the Hindenburg disaster. Others will simply shrug and say "Oh, well. Let's see what they got." The latter category of people will probably be disappointed. I will say this for the film, however; in spite of all its faults (and there are plenty of them), it handles the destruction of the Hindenburg surprisingly well. The scene is nicely edited, the sound-work is in good form, and they director and crew do a fair job of mixing in their footage of the film with the actual footage from the 1937 newsreel. This is not an easy task for a film made in the 1970s. If only the rest of the film had been handled with such a delicate dedication to the craft. In short, The Hindenburg is, primarily, a disappointment. The film simply lacks the dramatic punch it needed in order to sell itself as a film. As a result, the audience cares neither about the characters or the plot itself and are left merely counting down the minutes to the airship's fiery demise. 3/10

Forrest P
Forrest P

A fascinating historical drama that deserves to be seriously re-evaluated from one of the last gr8 studio directors robert wise

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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