The Hindenburg [Blu-ray]

The Hindenburg [Blu-ray]

Director: Robert Wise, John A. Bolger, Jr. Cast: George C. Scott
George C. Scott
, Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
, Gig Young
Gig Young
Robert Wise
The Hindenburg [Blu-ray]

The Hindenburg [Blu-ray]

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


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"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
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Language: English
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 22,041

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Colonel Ritter,Luftwaffe General
Anne Bancroft La Comtesse
Gig Young Edward Douglas
Roy Thinnes Martin Vogel
William Atherton Boerth
Burgess Meredith Emilio Paietta
Charles Durning Capt. Pruss
Richard Dysart Lehmann
Robert Clary Joe Spah
Rene Auberjonois Maj. Napier
Peter Donat Reed Channing
Alan Oppenheimer Albert Breslau
Katherine Helmond Mrs. Mildred Breslau
Stephen Elliott Capt. Fellows
Joyce Davis Eleanore Ritter
Jean Rasey Valerie Breslau
Ted Gehring Knorr
Lisa Pera Freda Halle
Joe Di Reda Schulz
Peter Canon Ludecke
Charles Macaulay Kirsch
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
Herbert Nelson Dr. Eckener
Scott Walker Gestapo Major
Ruth Kobart Hattie
Greg Mullavey Morrison
Val Bisoglio Lt. Lombardi
William Sylvester Luftwaffe Colonel
David Mauro Goebbels
Joseph Turkel Detective Moore,Detective Moore
Sandy Ward Detective Grunberger
Johnny Lee Paul Breslau,Paul Breslau
Stephen Manley Peter Breslau
Howard Shore Reed Channing
Joanna Moore Mrs. Channing
Norman Alden Actor
David Shire Composer

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director,Producer
Nelson Gidding Screenwriter
Glen Robinson Special Effects
Albert Whitlock Special Effects
Don K. Sharpless Sound/Sound Designer
John A. Bolger Jr. Sound/Sound Designer,Director
John Mack Sound/Sound Designer
Leonard Peterson Sound/Sound Designer
John Daheim Stunts
William Link Screenwriter
Richard Levinson Screenwriter
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
John L. Mack Sound/Sound Designer
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