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

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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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Flight Attendant Audrey: Only one day for a layover. How's a girl supposed to work on her tan?
Flight Attendant Jane: Oh, Audrey! Think about it. What other job pays you to get a suntan?
Purser Uli Derickson: How about a lifeguard?
Flight Attendant Audrey: Lifeguard! Yeah! And there's a cheap wardrobe!
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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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Hostess with punch!
27 February 2001 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story, Lindsay plays air hostess Uri Dereikson on a hijacked plane by Iranian terrorists. Good direction and enough suspense to see the viewer through to the end of the film. I wonder how cool and calm hostesses would be in real life? If I was on such a flight I'd want someone like Wagner as hostess, that's for sure.

One of the few Wagner movies available to purchase in Australia (most go straight to video)and scored well in the tv ratings when screened here more than a decade ago.Rating 8 out of 10.


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