- 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: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Sony Pictures
- VHS Release Date: May 28, 1987
- Run Time: 148 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302824893
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Lindbergh Kidnapping Case [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 The payment of the ransom money in gold certificate currency about to be withdrawn from circulation and easy to spot was problematic for Hauptmann.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.
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.
It is worth the watch, I can remember vaguely when this first was aired way back in 1976 but it is as excellent today as it was back then, the array of actors now since passed on is impressive. There were some twists in this case, but I do feel that the government executed the man whom was responsible for this unspeakable and heart breaking deed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a small part in making the movie. A lot of fun to see it again.Published 6 months ago by William A Smith
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. Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by Leslie Fields
This tv-movie based on the real life case is very entertaining. Now what it should of explored more was the possibility that there was evidence that the kidnapper had inside... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Stan Heck
Was a very good introduction to the case. It will leave you wanting to know more. Stayed true to the facts.Published on February 20, 2014 by Joy A. Petersen