The Hindenburg (1975)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Drama, History

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A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

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26 December 2006 | ragosaal
| Not One of Robert Wise's Best
The Hindenburg disaster didn't last more than 3 minutes or so; then, if you want to make a movie with that subject, how do you complete the rest of the time a film is supposed to last? Not an easy task.

Robert Wise puts his best in trying but "Hindenburg" doesn't rise beyond a just standard disaster film. Some good sequences of the ship in the air and good performances from a reliable cast are not enough to raise such level. The plot, sort of interesting with the sabotage focus, is not great either.

Finally, the airship's destruction scenes mixed up with real footage is not bad, but you always wonder if including real shooting (that most of us have seen before), doesn't appear as a sort of cheating the easy way when it comes to movies about real facts; this is not a documentary film and I would have liked to see special effects on the crash we all knew was coming.

Robert Wise was indeed one of the most recognized directors in films and gave as such good products in different genres as "The Sound of Music", "Helen of Troy" or "The Day the Earth Stood Still" just to name a few. But "Hindemburg" -though watchable- is not among his best works and it didn't fulfill my expectations; not with Robert Wise in the direction.

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Did You Know?


Several of the depictions of escapes from the airship as it was crashing were loosely based on fact. These include the cabin boy who was doused with water from a bursting ballast bag, and the circus acrobat who escaped by swinging from a loose mooring rope. However, unlike the film, the cabin boy was doused by water before he jumped out, and the acrobat did not hold onto a rope but onto the side of the passenger deck.


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The passenger list that Mildred Breslau looks at before takeoff has many errors. Errors include Franz Ritter listed as Franz Kessler, Martin Vogel as Otto Vogel, Valerie Breslau as Irene Breslau, and Ursula von Reugen as Ursula von Scharnwitz. Additionally, there are 51 passengers; when in reality there were only 36 passengers aboard on the Hindenburg's last flight. This list appears to be from an earlier version of the screenplay.

Crazy Credits

The film opens with the 1936 Universal logo followed by a newsreel prior to the credits.

Alternate Versions

In 1987, the BBFC passed this film with a PG rating for home video release with a run time of just 109 minutes (PAL) (25fps) which is about 113 minutes at NTSC conversion (24fps). In 2009 they then passed the film again with a PG rating for DVD release with a run time of 120 minutes (PAL) (25fps) which is the same as the theatrical time of 125 minutes at NTSC conversion (24fps). This suggests any video releases from 1987 through the 1990s in the UK were cut by around 12 minutes at 24fps.


Vienna, Always Vienna
Music by Johann Schrammel
Arranged by
John Cacavas
[opening newsreel sequence]


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