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The Hindenburg (1975)

Director:
Robert Wise
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Disaster/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Hindeburg
RUNNING TIME
125 minutes
Producer:
Robert Wise
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Michael M. Mooney):
Nelson Gidding
Richard Levinson
William Link


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Col. Franz Ritter George C. Scott
The Countess Anne Bancroft
Boerth William Atherton
Martin Vogel Roy Thinnes
Edward Douglas Gig Young
Emilio Pajetta Burgess Meredith
Captain Pruss Charles Durning
Lehman Richard A. Dysart
Joe Spah Robert Clary
Major Napier Rene Auberjonois
Reed Channing Peter Donat

 

Review

Great production values and an interesting premise elevates this take on the Hindenburg disaster from Robert Wise, which theorizes that the accident was caused by anti-Nazi saboteurs. Although the well-known fate of the majestic airship will be known to most anyone watching this, thus hampering the suspense a little, Wise includes several subplots and characters (of varying interest) to keep us on the edge of our seats. It works only partly. It's great to be taken along around the interiors of the ship, and the wonderful set-designs and cinematography really make us feel the voyage, but in the end there are a little too many ifs and buts for our protagonist George C. Scott to consider, and the denouement of the mystery as such is overdone. The film's transition between newsreel footage at the start and the end is elegantly and cleverly handled, visual effects still look great. Stars Scott and Anne Bancroft headline an overall fine cast.

Copyright 7.10.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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