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Crime of the Century (1996)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 14 September 1996
In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted,... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Ludovic Kennedy (book), William Nicholson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rea ... Bruno Richard Hauptmann
Isabella Rossellini ... Anna Hauptmann
J.T. Walsh ... Col. Norman Schwarzkopf
Michael Moriarty ... Governor Harold Hoffman
Allen Garfield ... Lt. James Finn
John Harkins ... Edward Reilly
Barry Primus ... Ellis Parker
David Paymer ... David Wilentz
Bert Remsen ... Dr. John Condon
Don Harvey ... Lt. Gus Kramer
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Commissioner ORyan
Stefan Gierasch ... Albert Osborn Sr.
Jay Acovone ... Sgt. Wallace
Vyto Ruginis ... Lloyd Fisher
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... Col. Charles Lindbergh
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In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation against Hauptmann, the trial, and the execution, painting a picture of a corrupt police force under pressure to finger a killer framing an innocent man by manufacturing evidence, paying-off and blackmailing witnesses, and covering up exculpatory evidence. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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The most famous kidnapping in history claimed more than one victim.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense thematic elements, including an execution scene | See all certifications »
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Trivia

David Paymer, J.T. Walsh and Bill Bolender previously appeared in Nixon (1995). See more »

Connections

Version of The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976) See more »

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Crime of the Century stirs the viewer
7 July 2006 | by laughneyez6See all my reviews

This film, upon seeing the first few minutes, made me feel that it would be just like every other movie portraying a different perspective of the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case. But as the minutes dragged on I realized this was a touching story that makes the viewer really question the true outcome of the case over 50 years ago. This film made me look into the facts of the case, and 'Crime of the Century' portrays a popular and very possible outcome of the true case. For anyone who is an avid follower of the case, this movie is a must see. Rea's performance stirs the viewer to care for the accused Hauptmann and intends to set Bruno Hauptmann's side of the story straight.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le crime du siècle See more »

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1.78 : 1
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