THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE HINDENBURG (1975) 


This 70s disaster movie is the story of the real-life tragedy of the German zeppelin Hindenburg which suddenly erupted into flames upon arriving at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people.  No one has ever concluded what really happened to cause the ship to burst into flames, but this film decides it was sabotage and basically has its way with the facts, basing many characters on real people on the ship.  George C. Scott is a Luftwaffe colonel charged with protecting the ship, as a threat to its safety was received before it left for the states.  William Atherton is the rigger, who quickly becomes the chief suspect as Scott looks for those that might want to bring the airship down because it symbolizes Nazi Germany.  Other suspects/victims include Burgess Meredith, Anne Bancroft, Gig Young, even captains Charles Durning and Richard A. Dysart.  If you’re wondering why this historical drama instead resembles a very special episode of Columbo, that’s because the two creators and writers of that TV series, Richard Levinson and William Link, also co-wrote this script.  I guess this “whodunit” tact was takes because we all know what happens to the Hindenburg at the end of the movie, so with no surprise at the end, you’d best find a way to tell a heck of a story.  Hindenburg unfortunately doesn’t.  Look up the terrifying newsreel footage of the ship exploding and Herb Morrison’s tearful commentary if you’re interested in the Hindenburg and don’t sit through this.