With George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Peter Donat, Gig Young, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Charles Durning, Roy Thinnes, Richard A. Dysart, Robert Clary, Rene Auberjonois, Alan Oppenheimer, Katherine Helmond, Joanna Moore, Stephen Elliott, Joyce Davis, Jean Rasey, Ted Gehring, Lisa Pera, Joe Di Reda
The Hindenburg is a 1975 American Technicolor film based on the disaster of the German airship Hindenburg. The film stars George C. Scott. It was produced and directed by Robert Wise, and was written by Nelson Gidding, Richard Levinson and William Link, based on the 1972 book of the same name, The Hindenburg, by Michael M. Mooney.
A. A. Hoehling, author of the 1962 book Who Destroyed The Hindenburg?, also about the sabotage theory, sued Mooney along with the film developers for copyright infringement as well as unfair competition. However, Judge Charles M. Metzner dismissed his allegations.
A highly speculative thriller, The Hindenburg depicts a conspiracy leading to the destruction of the airship. In reality, while the Zeppelins were certainly used as a propaganda symbol by the Third Reich, and anti-Nazi forces might have had the motivation for sabotage, the theory of sabotage was investigated at the time, and no firm evidence for such sabotage was ever put forward. The possibility of Boerth's deliberate sabotage is one theory of the fire that had been the subject of Mooney's book, published around the time of the film's development.