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The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988)

This made-for-television film documents the takeover of the TWA airliner in flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The focus is on the flight attendant, Uli Derickson, whose courage and hope ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Uli Derickson
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Castro
Sandy McPeak ...
Captain Testrake
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Phil Maresca
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Audrey
Laurie Walters ...
Jane
Joseph Nasser ...
Saiid
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Ben Zimmerman
Valorie Armstrong ...
Woman in red coat
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Russell
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Robert Stethem
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Weisman
Lynn Tufeld ...
Mrs. Weisman
Edwin Gerard ...
Dr. Panos
Bridget Hoffman ...
Mrs. Panos
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This made-for-television film documents the takeover of the TWA airliner in flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The focus is on the flight attendant, Uli Derickson, whose courage and hope helped save all but one of the passengers on the plane. The movie chronicles the first 2 days and the aftermath. Written by mike407

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Take-Off Into Terror.

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2 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The real Uli Derickson acted as consultant for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Uli reads the seat allocation of the pregnant woman and her husband they are in 'B' and 'C' seats, the next scene Uli is settling them into the 'D' and 'E' seats (other side of the aisle) - an earlier reference to the 'A' seat being on 'their right' supports this. See more »

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Castro: Which way is East?
Purser Uli Derickson: We're flying East.
[Castro kneels down and starts praying]
Purser Uli Derickson: You just about killed someone and now you're going to pray?
Castro: Who killed more people in the name of God, Muslim or Christian? Tell me.
[pause]
Castro: Now I pray.
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Disclaimer on the end credits: "Trans World Airlines has provided technical assistance but in no way has endorsed the production and is not responsible for the truth or accuracy of the content of this program." See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Surprisingly low-key and effective hostage drama
22 May 2007 | by (Seattle, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

And you thought your last vacation was bad! This modest 1987 made-for-TV docudrama, starring Lindsay Wagner as flight attendant Uli Derickson, does a surprisingly good job of depicting a 1985 Arab hijacking without too much of the expected overdone histrionics or Rambo-esquire heroics. The writing carefully and sensibly sticks to Derickson's perspective. This is certainly one of Wagner's best roles; she is affecting, again without being overly glamorized.

If this all has something of a Reader's Digest Drama-in-Real-Life feel to it, that goes with the territory. No great contribution to world cinema, but well done.


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