The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg

DVD - 1998
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A dramatization of the journey and crash of the German dirigible, the Hindenburg.

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Shown at the St. Louis Public Library - Buder Branch's Senior Film Series on 8/10/2016 when the theme was "What a Disaster! A Look at Hollywood Disaster Films."


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kpelish
Apr 22, 2017

Speculative drama with George C Scott playing a thinking man's officer as he gets unwillingly tasked with security for the Hindenberg, at the same time he and his wife are considering leaving Germany as it careens into Nazi darkness. This is a movie from the 70s, so while the sets were well-made for the time period (including the 25-foot model), much relies on the dialogue which unfortunately is sometimes wooden or trite. The saboteur has some nuance, but the female characters are pretty much stereotypical. Funny scene with the privileged Countess turning out to be a deadly card shark in a game with two exploiters. The ending intercuts with actual footage from the crash and the famous voice-over; the visual intercutting is choppy and mildly annoying.

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Dave99_0
Apr 17, 2017

It was highly likely that the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster was due to hydrogen gas leaking very slowly through pinholes in the membranes of the gas bags and through the 100.% cloth outer skin, mixing with air at the surface of the outer skin, the presence of a highly flammable metal based paint on the outer skin, and the formation of electrostatic charge on the outer skin. Despite this high probability, this film depicts the great disaster as an act of sabotage.

The sets are amazing. The film captures trans-Atlantic luxury travel aboard a zeppelin. However, there is not much suspense. IMHO, I would rate "The Hindenburg" at 3.50 stars.

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akirakato
Jun 10, 2015

This is a 1975 American drama directed by Robert Wise, based on the 1937 disaster of the German airship Hindenburg.
It is a highly speculative yet mind-boggling and breath-taking thriller with a conspiracy theory to the destruction of the airship.

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kas_66666
May 22, 2014

I can pick it up tonight after I get off work - around 7.

Thanks. Keith

aaa5756 Oct 08, 2012

Solid Very well done old school movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. B+ Movie

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