The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg

Director: John A. Bolger Jr., Robert Wise Cast: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft

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Overview

"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 lighter-than-air flight, and that carries us to 1937 Germany. Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott), a former hero pilot now working for military intelligence, finds himself assigned to the flight of the Hindenburg as chief of security; reports and rumors about the destruction of the zeppelin have circulated both in Germany and America, and the Nazi government takes these very seriously. What Ritter walks in on is a "Grand Hotel" of the air, several dozen passengers and crew whose ranks contain enough red herrings to keep Ritter (and us) jumping through hoops for most of the first half of the film, when we're not watching glorious shots of the zeppelin in flight. The answer to the script's presentation of the plot against the airship,and theidentityof the bomber and his motivations, are actually presented in the first 15 minutes, but there are so many false leads, subplots, and blind alleys put before us that the solution will probably pass by unnoticed. In the meantime, Ritter dances around with his ex-paramour (Bancroft), scheming businessmen (Gig Young), and passengers with skeletons in their closets (Alan Oppenheimer), an entertainer (Robert Clary) with a knack for offending loyal Nazis, several officers and crew with known "political" differences with the Nazi Party, a Gestapo man (Roy Thinnes) who's got an agenda of his own, and two genuine mystery men (Burgess Meredith, Rene Auberjonois) who don't seem to have any reason for traveling on this particular voyage. It's all a little tiring, or would be, if the setting and special effects weren't that interesting, and the cast wasn't so entertaining to watch in these relatively thankless roles.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2017
UPC: 0025192401213
Original Release: 1975
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 27,694

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Col. Ritter
Anne Bancroft Countess
William Atherton Boerth
Roy Thinnes Vogel
Gig Young Douglas
Burgess Meredith Pajetta
Charles Durning Capt. Pruss
Richard Dysart Lehmann
Robert Clary Spah
René Auberjonois Maj. Napier
Peter Donat Channing
Alan Oppenheimer Breslau
Joanna Moore Mrs. Channing
Stephen Elliott Capt. Fellows
Greg Mullavey Morrison
Ruth Kobart Hattie
John Lee Paul Breslau
Stephen Manley Peter Breslau
Joe Turkel Detective Moore
Joyce Davis Eleanore Ritter
Katherine Helmond Mrs. Mildred Breslau
Jean Rasey Valerie Breslau
Ted Gehring Knorr
Lisa Pera Freda Halle
Joe di Reda Schulz
Peter Canon Ludecke
Charles Macauley HIrsch
Rex Holman Dimmler
Jan Merlin Speck
Betsy Jones-Moreland Stewardess Imhoff
Colby Chester Eliot Howell III
Teno Pollick Frankel
Curt Lowens Elevator Man
Kip Niven Lt. Truscott
Michael Richardson Rigger Neuhaus
Herbert Nelson Dr. Eckener
Scott Walker Gestapo Major
Val Bisoglio Lt. Lombardi
Simon Scott Luftwaffe General
William Sylvester Luftwaffe Colonel
David Mauro Goebbels
Sandy Ward Detective Grunberger
Norman Alden Actor

Technical Credits
John A. Bolger Director
Robert Wise Director,Producer
Donn Cambern Editor
Edward C. Carfagno Production Designer
Nelson Gidding Screenwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Kazanjian Asst. Director
Richard A. Levinson Original Story,Screenwriter
William Link Original Story,Screenwriter
John L. Mack Sound/Sound Designer
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Peterson Sound/Sound Designer
David Shire Score Composer
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects

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