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Lindbergh Kidnapping Case [VHS] (1976)

Cliff De Young , Anthony Hopkins , Buzz Kulik  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cliff De Young, Anthony Hopkins, Denise Alexander, Sian Barbara Allen, Martin Balsam
  • Directors: Buzz Kulik
  • Writers: J.P. Miller
  • Producers: Buzz Kulik, David Gerber, Leonard Horn, Robert Mintz
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: May 28, 1987
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302824893
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,272 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Significant piece of history. February 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
It can be disturbing sometimes, to see how some sides of our society have deteriorated in the 1990's. In the 1930's the kidnapping/killing of American hero aviator Charles Lindberg's baby represents a low point in our humanity.
Telling this story is tough, particularly since the evidence was all circumstantial. Whereas the 1996 film "Crime of the Century" approaches the after-the-fact investigation, with a perspective that Bruno Hauptmann (executed for the crime) indeed may have been wrongfully convicted, this film (from 1976) pursues a more clinical, step-wise, investigative approach. The dictum here seems to be to substantiate the verdict within the bounds of historical accuracy.
Nice turns by Cliff DeYoung as Charles Lindbergh, and Anthony Hopkins for his portrayal of Hauptmann (for which he won an EMMY). The presentation is a bit dry, confusing, and long (148mins). You might want to find a nice supplemental text to help you better understand the main players and the chronology of events.
But if you're unfamiliar with much of the circumstances you will definitely want to take a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good historical movie October 15, 2011
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This movie is what a historical picture should be: an accurate depiction of the facts and a recreation of events as they happened, without any Monday morning quarterbacking or speculation as to what might have been. Cliff De Young was excellent as Lindbergh, and was the right age for the part, unlike the casting in THE SPIRIT OF ST.LOUIS where the 25 year old Lindbergh was played by 49 year old Jimmy Stewart. Anthony Hopkins was great as Haputmann, and the other actors handled their parts well. The movie leaves one with the conclusion that Hauptmann was guilty, but may have had an accomplice whom he refused to name. There was simply too much evidence against Hauptmann, and the revisionist claim that he was the victim of a diabolical frame up simply does not ring true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lindbergh Kidnapping Case May 6, 2011
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This made for TV movie in 1976 is a fairly accurate retelling of the story of the media circus that ensued when Charles A Lindbergh Jr. was abducted from his parents home. The O.J. Simpson case was a mere blip on the radar of world opinion compared to the international implications caused by a German immigrant kidnapping an internationally famous couple's child for profit in 1932.
The movie has an excellent cast,(Anthony Hopkins, Joseph Cotten, Walter Pidgeon and Cliff De Young,) who in many cases resemble the historical characters. It portrays quite well the tabloid journalism that existed that prevented any semblence of a fair trial for Hauptmann. Just as a side note, the overwhelming evidence against Hauptmann and the public's desire to provide comfort for the grieving family made the verdict a forgone conclusion. The forensic investigation of the homemade ladder was particularly groundbreaking for its time. The payment of the ransom money in gold certificate currency about to be withdrawn from circulation and easy to spot was problematic for Hauptmann. The false accusations of everybody by the media from Dr. Condon to the maid, cause great anxiety and even a suicide.
The supporting cast of Tony Roberts, Martin Balsam, Dean Jagger Keenan Wynn, Laurence Luckinbill and Sean Barbara Allen make this a quality production. I just wish somebody would put this on DVD because the viewer could get a real sense of what the family had to go through, the politics involved and the shameful behavior of the media which incited the public into a frenzy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case April 2, 2009
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For all lawyers everywhere to watch! This is a very interesting view on the story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh II. The pace is a little slow to begin with but this is necessary to enable the viewer to build up the story but the court case at the end is riveting! I feel that it is a basis for a very good legal argument, which I expect was the reason for the obvious gaps in the story.
The acting and direction is very good, especially from Sir Anthony Hopkins, who makes being Hauptman, the German immigrant look so easy! His accent is especially good, especially during the court scenes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good movie about the lindbergh kidnapping June 24, 2014
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A good made for tv movie that summarizes the lindbergh kidnapping case. It was well done and well acted, just a little long in the middle of it, but still good. If you want a movie that giives you the facts of the case, without much sensationalism, then this is it. I would advise anyone with a true interest in the case to buy it.
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