Crime of the Century (1996)





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Made-for-cable drama based on the true story of Bruno Hauptmann, who was convicted and put to death for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindberg's son in a case still regarded as a travesty of justice. Stephen Rea plays Hauptmann, and Isabella Rossellini co-stars as his wife.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Television
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Stephen Rea
as Bruno Richard Hauptmann
Isabella Rossellini
as Anna Hauptmann
Michael Moriarty
as Harold Hoffman
J.T. Walsh
as Norman Schwarzkopf
David Paymer
as Wilentz
Allen Garfield
as Lt. James Finn
John Harkins
as Edward Reilly
Barry Primus
as Ellis Parker
Bert Remsen
as Dr. John Condon
Don Harvey
as Lt. Gus Kramer
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
as Commissioner O'Ryan
Stefan Gierasch
as Albert Osborn Sr.
Jay Acovone
as Sgt. Wallace
Vyto Ruginis
as Lloyd Fisher
Scott N. Stevens
as Col. Charles Lindbergh
Michael Bofshever
as Andrew Dutch
Burt Brinckerhoff
as Warden Mark Kimberling
Mickey Knox
as Judge Trenchard
Clayton Landey
as Marty Messel
E.J. Callahan
as Jury Foreman
Edita Brychta
as Gerta Henkel
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Carl Henkel
Erick Weiss (II)
as Hans Kloppenburg
Seraina Jaqueline
as Louise Wollenberg
Guido Foehrweisser
as Otto Wollenberg
Brad Greenquist
as Isidor Fisch
Jeffrey Alan Chandler
as Millard Whited
David St. James
as Albert Osborn Jr.
Heinrich James
as German-Speaking Pastor
Bill Bolender
as English-Speaking Pastor
Jessica Oleskiewicz
as Manfred Hauptmann
Danielle Oleskiewicz
as Manfred Hauptmann
Brady McGuires
as Manfred Hauptmann
Sean McGuires
as Manfred Hauptmann
Fred Parnes
as Gas Station Attendant
Annette Helde
as Mrs. Bading
Tim Winters
as Samuel Small
Robert Patrick Benedict
as Policeman No. 1
Joe Basile
as Guard No. 1
Charles Tharpe
as Anna Hauptmann's Guard
Howard DuVall
as Richard Hauptmann's Guard
Renna Bartlett
as Warden's Wife
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Guard No. 2
Thomas Mills
as Guard No. 3
Gary Gershaw
as Reporter
Doug Kruse
as Reporter
Jon Manfrellotti
as Reporter
Steve March
as Reporter
John Ruskin
as Reporter
Douglas Bennett
as Shouting Crowd Member
Nanci Christopher
as Shouting Crowd Member
Jocelyn Jones
as Shouting Crowd Member
Jack Kerrigan
as Shouting Crowd Member
Melanie MacQueen
as Shouting Crowd Member
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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. There?s a certain spark missing, but this is nevertheless an engaging, juicy presentation of the case, as the filmmakers vehemently try to convince the viewer of foul play. Stephen Rea is quite good as the bluff, painfully trustful Hauptmann, watching in wide-eyed shock as facts about his case are swept under the rug in the face of public thirst for a conviction. Isabella Rosselini is even better as his wife, who early on sees the direction events are taking, and whose pain and outrage make the film vibrate with shared injustice. Factually and emotionally, the story is right on target.

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