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Crime of the Century is a 1996 HBO television film directed by Mark Rydell. It presents a dramatization of the Lindbergh kidnapping of 1932. The film stars Stephen Rea as Bruno Hauptmann and Isabella Rossellini as his wife Anna.

Crime of the Century
Based onThe Airman and the Carpenter by Ludovic Kennedy
Screenplay byWilliam Nicholson
Directed byMark Rydell
StarringStephen Rea
Isabella Rossellini
J. T. Walsh
Michael Moriarty
Bert Remsen
Scott N. Stevens
Theme music composerJohn Frizzell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Barbara Broccoli
Amanda Schiff
Producer(s)Mike Moder
CinematographyToyomichi Kurita
Editor(s)Antony Gibbs
Running time114 minutes
Production company(s)Astoria Productions, Ltd.
HBO Pictures
Original networkHBO
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1996


The film presents the Lindbergh kidnapping with the idea that Bruno Hauptman was not guilty.



The film earned five Golden Globe nominations in the "Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for TV" categories. The film was nominated for the Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special at the 49th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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