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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.

  1. Mark Rydell


  2. Ludovic Kennedy


  3. William Nicholson


Top Billed Cast

  1. Stephen Rea

    Stephen Rea

    Bruno Richard Hauptmann

  2. Isabella Rossellini

    Isabella Rossellini

    Anna Hauptmann

  3. J.T. Walsh

    J.T. Walsh

    Col. Norman Schwarzkopf

  4. Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Governor Harold Hoffman

  5. Allen Garfield

    Allen Garfield

    Lt. James Finn

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Crime of the Century
Crime of the Century


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Status Released

Release Information

  • September 14, 1996


Original Language German

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget -

Revenue -



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