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Hindenburg / The Hindenberg

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Tookey's Rating
2 /10
Average Rating
4.40 /10
George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith
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Directed by: Robert Wise
Written by: Nelson Gidding , from Michael M. Mooney’s novel

Released: 1975
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 126

Sabotage causes a German airship to crash in New York.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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An above-average cast grapples with a below-standard script that neither thrills nor informs. Robert Surtees’ cinematography was Oscar-nominated, but the picture went up in flames at the box office.


The tackiest disaster movie yet - a cheap and chaotic collage of painted drops, wooden actors and not-so-special effects that manages to make one of this century's most sensational real-life catastrophes seem roughly as terrifying as a stubbed toe.

(Frank Rich)

Failed by breaking several rules for disaster movies, the most important of which was that its plot embraced serious issues, such as Naziism, anti-Semitism and the political situation in Germany leading up to World War II. Audiences went to these pictures to escape from reality, not delve into it. People who went expecting another Earthquake found something more akin to Ship of Fools, and a second-rate one at that. The other problem was that the actual footage of the Hindenburg exploding was shot in black-and-white and only runs a few seconds, and had to be stretched out to about six minutes for the ending to have any impact, which it doesn't.

(Bruce Eder, Video Magazine, 1994)

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