"The Hindenburg" is a Robert Wise film in which he depicts the last voyage of the blimp from Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey. He adapted the screenplay from Michael Mooney's book, in which the Hindenburg might have been a victim of sabotage from someone on board.This film has all the elements for a great disaster! The usual cast of colorful characters played by terrific actors George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, Katherine Helmond, Charles Durning, etc , a nice twist to a factual tale about sabotage bringing down the symbol of Nazi power, and an outstanding <more>
display of the effects during the explosion sequence. Wise used the actual newsreel footage, shot it freeze-frame style and spliced it in with the characters as they try to escape death. The best part of the movie by far!"The Hindenburg" does drag in some spots but the viewer needs to pay close attention to what is going on, who everyone is, what issues they have, why they are on the zepplin and how this adds to the story. Pay close attention to The Countess played by Anne Bancroft, by far the best character in the movie.This happens to be my favorite disaster movie for a number of reasons. First off, the sabotage plot unfolds nicely and I actually believe that the Hindenburg was downed as an act of sabotage. I have always believed this. Second, I love the detail Wise's team did with the ship's interior sets, you actually feel as if you are flying on the ship, and the third, the last sequence with the explosion occurs. Effects were pretty damn well done! If you want to see a true disaster come about, revolving around a suspenseful story with great characters, rent "The Hindenburg"
Not excellent..but great acting and plot makes Hindenburg a classic ! (by Majid-Hamid)
This is one of the disaster movie which i love very much. Actually it's not really great..especially with the special effects which mostly taken from the original documentary of Hindenburg disaster. But the acting from a couple of great actors including George C.Scott and William Atherton makes this somehow seems like a powerful movie indeed! Unfortunately.. this movie was forgotten a long time ago..no one ever remember bout it anymore..Go ahead and take a look at this movie again. It might be slow and sometimes boring, but it got energy and powers in it!! Watch it!! i'm sure that you <more>
won't regret for the rest of your life!!! 10/10***
This film is a unique illustration of the Hindenberg disaster, which occurred on the evening of May 6, 1937 in Lakehurst, New Jersey when the gigantic hydrogen-filled zeppelin exploded on landing. Although a common theory for this event's cause was a discharge of electricity from the atmosphere triggering the fire, here it is suggested as form sabotage. As a result of the explosion, 36 people one third of those on-board the German airship were killed.The movie goes along quite well in the way it is presented as a series of chronological events leading up to the explosion. The cast is <more>
flawless and in turn so is the superb and vivid acting. George C. Scott as Colonel Franz Ritter, a German security officer and Anne Bancroft as the reluctant Countess seem to be very suited and prepared for their parts as the main characters in the film. Other passengers to watch for include: Gig Young as the sly Edward Douglass , Burgess Meredith as gambler Emilio Pajetta and Robert Clary, from the hit sitcom, "Hogan's Heroes", as Joseph Spahn, a comedian. These and many others provide an enjoyable overall performance in the movie while not only based on historical accounts, also provides other common genres of drama, suspense, comedy and even elements of romance between the two main characters.This film may have a general theme of seriousness, as Colonel Ritter proceeds to investigate an array of people aboard who are suspects to an anti-Nazi conspiracy, yet it also resolves to make way for other moods as well. For example, midway through the film there is a very amusing sequence in which passenger Reed Channing Peter Donat plays on the airship's famous baby grand piano and sings a song entitled: "There's A Lot to be Said for the Fuhrer" while Joe Spahn performs. This scene obviously demonstrates how both passengers are clearly against the Nazi party, and here it is also interesting to note that during WWII, actor Robert Clary actually was confined to the Nazi concentration camps as countless other unfortunates were subject to during the Holocaust. There are also several humorous one-liners spoken throughout the film, such as: "Next time we'll take the Titanic!" followed by other memorable quotes.As the film progresses, complications arise in the piloting of the Hindenberg as the crew and passengers encounter a brief experience with turbulence and St. Elmo's fire, a flickering bluish glow sometimes appearing during storms and repairing a rip in the fabric cover on the port side of the airship as it hovers over the frigid Atlantic Ocean. Events such as these, and Colonel Ritter's continuing investigation, prove to bring together desired elements of suspense, which certainly add up nearing the movie's climax ending.Shortly before the Hindenberg's doomed landing, Ritter finally discovers the suspected sabotage and the passenger behind it in a perplexing turn of events. In doing so, he also finds that this well-planned demolition is i n the form of a timed-bomb that has been hidden in the airship's structure and that it is up to him to reach in time for deactivation. The last few thrilling seconds before the explosion in which Colonel Ritter slowly struggles to defuse the bomb have enough apprehension to make it seem an eternity as he meticulously works, but to no avail. From the moment in which the bomb goes off, there is enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat until the movie's end. The last few minutes which combine both color, black and white images, and still frames of the fire as innocent passengers attempt to escape the flames are exceedingly well filmed as well as both exciting and horrific. Through this vivid portrayal, one may wonder just what it would have been like to witness this tragic disaster. To any viewer its plain to see just why "The Hindenberg" received a special achievements award for its sound and visual effects and nominations for best cinematography and film editing.With excellent writing credits provided by Nelson Gidding and under the careful direction of Robert Wise "The Hindenberg" proves to be a genuine and enjoyable movie to watch. This is a film that will undeniably age well, still seeming as timeless as it was the first time through. One of my favorite movies of all time, "The Hindenberg" can be highly recommended.
The Hindenburg-O the Humanity! ***1/2 (by edwagreen)
A very good disaster film of 1975 when the films depicting disasters during that decade were often quite wood.The film uses the idea that the disaster was caused by sabotage, with a slew of passengers on board who happened to have motives for causing this wreck.George C. Scott portrays the German official in charge of watching everything going on as a letter written by a seer had predicted such an explosion. Scott is resolute but has a heart as his son had recently died, falling off a German synagogues while painting the hated swastika on one.Once he is aware of the plot, he joins in. Anne <more>
Bancroft as the Countess is wonderful as she depicts the Germany that was while fleeing to supposedly see her deaf daughter who is being educated in the U.S.The footage done in black and white showing the aftermath after the explosion is realistic to the core.
If a film about The Hindenburg had to be made it certainly would have been made in the decade of the disaster film, the Seventies. But this film labored under a unique handicap that none of the other disaster films of the decade had.Unlike the sinking of the Titanic or the blowing up of Mount Krakatoa and certainly not like any of the potential but fictional disaster events that were film subjects, The Hindenburg was recorded on sight with newsreel cameras and on radio with Herbert Morrison's never to be forgotten broadcast. A lot of people now still remember it, let alone back in <more>
1975.What Robert Wise did and maybe more successfully than any other director was make full use of the famous newsreel footage and carefully edited it into his film, with slow motion techniques into the personal attempts by the cast to try and escape the holocaust. The Hindenburg received Oscar nominations for sound, cinematography, and art&set design with a special award for special effects. Yet no nomination for editing which the main plus this film has going for it.Of course we don't know what ever really happened to the Hindenburg and the film takes account of all the theories put forth. It also uses the real names of the people who were passengers, crew, and officials of the Third Reich. The Nazi government had a big stake in the dirigible fleet they had built, they were as much propaganda value for them as Max Schmeling in boxing and Gottfried Von Cramm in tennis.Of course had they had access to helium to float the big guys this might never have happened. But the USA had a near total monopoly on the world's helium and was not selling it to Hitler. Hence they used the lighter, but flammable hydrogen with the result of the tragedy.George C. Scott and Anne Bancroft head the cast as a Luftwaffe official and a worldly old world countess traveling to the USA to visit her deaf mute daughter going to school for same in Boston. The Nazis didn't believe in helping those they considered defectives, another lovable quality about them.The Hindenburg is a sobering and near factual account of what happened in Lakehurst, New Jersey that afternoon. It's one of the best of the Seventies disaster films and should not be missed.
The director, Robert Wise, made a very good movie on the Zeppelin disaster, the Hinderburg. The movie's only flaw is that almost everyone has an American accent. The language familiarity looses authenticity. You can't tell the difference from the Americans to the Germans. The American actors should have used German accents. The superb cast is headed by George C. Scott,Anne Bancroft, and Charles Durning. It is fun to see many television actors get their chance to be in a good movie. Rene Auberjonois, Robert Clary, Roy Thinnes, and Joanne Cook Moore shine. Only William Atherton was able <more>
to make several good movies as a supporting actor. After all these years, nobody knows the truth on the Hindenburg disaster. However, the movie tells an interesting story. The movie's version sounds compelling. They claim the Hinderburg was blown up by a saboteur.
While "The Towering Inferno", "The Poseidon Adventure", "Earthquake" and the "Airport" movies tend to reap most of the disaster glory, "The Hindenburg" has its own merits and should rank not as greatness, but certainly for being a lot of fun and very entertaining. Not all the characters are as 3-dimensional as they could be, but the actors have a field day with their roles and hold up nicely against the Oscar-winning effects. Some hilarious lines "Next time let's take the Titanic!" and "You're going to regret this, Sir! <more>
My nephew is very close to Mussolini!!" , authentic sets a real crew member visited the set and was astounded at the reproductions and a spectacular finale make for a Robert Wise gem. It's no "Sound of Music" or "West Side Story", but has a lot of style and charm that often goes unrecognized. Concentration camp survivor Robert Clary "Hogan's Heroes" is marvelous as comedian Joe Spah, who survived the disaster.