The Hindenburg Reviews
The story ends with a tribute to Herbert Morrison's radio commentary, with the memorable quotation, "Oh, the humanity!" as the Hindenburg flies once again, only to disappear again in the clouds
Many of the fictional characters are based on actual people. For example: Franz Ritter is based on Fritz Erdmann, Karl Boerth is based on Eric Spehl, as well as a few others..
its got a good soundtrack throguhout this movie.......i think that this is a really underrated movie 2 watch but i think that this is such a classics movie 2 watch
Two dramatic escapes depicted were based on fact, slightly altered for dramatic purposes.
Werner Franz, a 14-year-old cabin boy, escaped the flames after a water ballast tank overhead burst open and soaked him with water. He then made his way to the hatch and turned around and ran the other way, because the flames were being pushed by the wind towards the starboard side. In the movie however, he is depicted being doused by the water after he jumped out. He is one of two remaining survivors of the crash as of May 2012. The other being Werner Doehner, who was 8 at the time of the disaster.
Passenger Joseph Späh, a circus performer, escaped by smashing a window with his home movie camera (the film survived the disaster), and held on to the side of the window, jumping to the ground when the ship was low enough, surviving with only a broken ankle. In the film he is depicted grabbing a landing rope, but in reality there was no landing rope.
i think that this is such a classics movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie i think that this is a really underrated movie 2 watch but its such an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie......
A true disaster movie, with a believable cast and great story now this movie was made in 1975 is pretty good for that time but today standards most people would be bored as its very slow but as a Film buff I loved it
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.
There are some redeeming qualities though. The special effects are amazing for 1975, and would still be great by today's standards. Cinematography is great. In addition, the final scenes are quite moving.
Performances are pretty flat. Not sure why George C Scott agreed to appear in this - he could easily have done better (only four years' previously he had won the Best Actor Oscar for Patton).
Synopsis: This thriller fictionalizes the events leading up to the fiery 1937 zeppelin crash. When German intelligence officer Col. Franz Ritter boards the doomed blimp to foil a conspiracy to blow it up, he has a long list of suspects, including an entrepreneur, a singer, a countess and a host of other shady characters.
It's an impressive production visually. The special effects are as subtle as one would need and are no holds barred gorgeous, especially aerial shots of the giant balloon cutting through the pink and white clouds of a bright blue-skyed day. The sets hold up just as well, and provide it's audience with at least a sense of escapism within the context of dinner.
But not much is anywhere near as interesting as it's visual elements, the film is simply a bore. The acting is wooden and Ursula von Reugen's performance is incredibly archetypal. The script often resorts to referencing other (more accepted) proposed causes of the real disaster, since it doesn't really have anything else to say.
Though definitely watchable, The Hindenburg's best parts are the disaster footage poorly edited into the picture itself.