The Hindenburg 1975 PG

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(84) IMDb 6.1/10
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This film is a compendium of the facts and fiction of the events leading up to the disaster. For dramatic effect, Sabotage was chosen as the cause, rather than electricity lashing out at a couple of tons of hydrogen.

Starring:
George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft
Runtime:
2 hours 7 minutes

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The Hindenburg

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Director Robert Wise
Starring George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft
Supporting actors William Atherton, Roy Thinnes, Gig Young, Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning, Richard Dysart, Robert Clary, Rene Auberjonois, Peter Donat, Alan Oppenheimer, Katherine Helmond, Joanna Moore, Stephen Elliott, Joyce Davis, Jean Rasey, Ted Gehring, Lisa Pera, Joe Di Reda
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

Overall, a very good film.
John Dziadecki
Screenwriter Nelson Gidding tries hard to make the film a mystery, but it never quite takes off.
Greg Curtis
George C. Scott and Ann Bancroft really "do" it for me!
Scott Douglas

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark Savary on November 6, 2002
Format: DVD
"Hindenburg" is a pretty good film that unfortunately falls a bit flat. The concept, sets, effects, and the cast are all excellent, but there just seems to be some element missing.
The cast is populated with famous faces from yesterday, a standard practice in all 70's disaster movies. Here we have the incomparable Gig Young, Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning, Richard A. Dysart, Robert Clary (late from "Hogan's Heroes" at this point), future Star Trek actor Rene Auberjonois, and Roy Thinnes. And of course, we have Anne Bancroft and George C. Scott. Scott and Thinnes really do their best, too (look at their confrontation scene when Thinnes' character mentions Scott's dead son!).
Still, the cast just seems to be shuffling through this one, with little or no true tension generated, other than an emergency repair by some crewmen who must venture out onto the hull of the ship (an act that was accomplished, but never happened on Hindenburg's last trip).
The end result is somewhat sparse, even strangely emotionless for the most part. Despite the overall blandness in tone, the film is compelling to watch anyway (thanks in large part to the cast and the effects).
Knowing as we do what will eventually happen at Lakehurst, one cannot help but marvel at the ironic line the Hindenburg's Captain Proust utters several times throughout the course of film. In regards to the United States' bad luck with dirigibles he remarks, "It's no wonder they lose all their airships."
The ending of the film seems to mystify some viewers today, but it is, in reality, an incredibly artistic, stylish (and daring), choice on the part of director Robert Wise and the producers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Chamberlain on January 28, 2011
Format: DVD
"The Hindenburg" is a wonderful film that is in desperate need of a re-mastering. The DVD uses the standard definition (480-I, with 120 lines of color) master created for the stereo Widescreen LaserDisc that was released on April 18, 1991. Sadly, that transfer was so bad that the very first release of "The Hindenburg" to home video, on December 15, 1978, (as a CAV - Standard Play - 5-sided MCA DiscoVision LaserDisc release for $15.95) actually has better definition and sharpness - and without the bugaboo of the widescreen transfer's HORRIBLY excessive edge enhancement - the DiscoVision discs' only drawback is a pan & scan transfer and mono sound from an optical release print. The edge enhancement of the Widescreen LD/DVD transfer is so excessive that I really can't think of any other title, not even bootleg videos, that contain a higher amount. Everything seen on the DVD looks as if it's a 2nd generation VHS dupe that's been put through a Photoshop "emboss" filter about five times. It's really that bad - anything smaller than about 100 lines of resolution is etched out of the image with a HUGE white line around it. It's so bad that the Widescreen LD edition from '91 was considered over-sharpened even back then! And add to the fact that the image isn't enhanced for 16x9 televisions only makes it look worse. In addition, the transfer shows the garbage mattes around Albert Whitlock's breathtaking matte paintings and the beautiful model work of the ship as it's floating through the sky - kinda like the garbage mattes around all the ships in the original Beta, VHS and LaserDisc releases of "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back".Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Chow on June 24, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I never even heard of this movie until I saw it on AMC. What a film.
...First of all the movie is not about the Hindenburg disaster. Unlike 'Titanic' it's not about the crash.
'Hindenburg' is a suspense mystery. Germany learns the Hindenburg will be destroyed before it reaches New Jersy. But instead of canceling the flight, they send it George C. Scott as a spy to find the bomber on board. 'Hindenburg' gives us many interesting suspects.
I can see why it won for best FX. Back when they used models and super imposing before this computer animation crap. Suprisingly after 2 hours of great FX, they cheap out at the end and go to black and white so they can splice in that famous footage of the crash. Cheesy, bust as I said the movie isn't about the crash.
It's also interesting to see how we were once on good terms with the Nazis. Yeah we even had the Olympics there.
If you want a great suspense film with great production quality, this is it. Look else where for big explosions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James L. on October 18, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This fictionalized account of the real life disaster takes a while to get going, but does deliver some good scenes in the final third of the film. George C. Scott is a Nazi colonel sent aboard the Hindenburg due to threats made about its voyage. He is joined by a cast of familiar actors, including Anne Bancroft as a bitter German countess. As was typical with disaster films of the Seventies, there are several small stories involving the various passengers, but none of them are particularly interesting. I found the set up scenes for the bombing plotline confusing to follow. The film's strength is the terrific set pieces for the Hindenburg and its final thirty minutes. The actual explosion doesn't feature the level of special effects we're used to seeing, but since it combines real footage of the disaster, it made a strong impact on me. By no means a great film, The Hindenburg is salvaged by its final moments and by the audience's knowledge that it really did happen, although perhaps not for the reasons presented in the movie.
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