Crime of the Century (1996 film)

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Crime of the Century
Genre Crime
Based on The Airman and the Carpenter by Ludovic Kennedy
Screenplay by William Nicholson
Directed by Mark Rydell
Starring Stephen Rea
Isabella Rossellini
J. T. Walsh
Michael Moriarty
Bert Remsen
Scott N. Stevens
Theme music composer John Frizzell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Barbara Broccoli
Amanda Schiff
Producer(s) Mike Moder
Cinematography Toyomichi Kurita
Editor(s) Antony Gibbs
Running time 114 minutes
Production company(s) Astoria Productions, Ltd.
Distributor HBO
Original network HBO
Original release September 14, 1996

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


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.