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

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  2 May 1988 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uli Derickson
Sandy McPeak ...
Captain Testrake
Phil Maresca
Laurie Walters ...
Joseph Nasser ...
Ben Zimmerman
Valorie Armstrong ...
Woman in red coat
Robert Stethem
Lynn Tufeld ...
Mrs. Weisman
Edwin Gerard ...
Dr. Panos
Bridget Hoffman ...
Mrs. Panos


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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Release Date:

2 May 1988 (USA)  »

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The Flight  »

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


The word "Bundesrepublik" ("Federal Republic") on the cover of Uli's German passport is misspelled. See more »


[after being denied landing clearance in Beirut]
Ben Zimmerman: They turned off their VOR. And the runway lights.
Phil Maresca: We have mountain elevation just beyond the airport.
Captain Testrake: And the sea on the left. We have six minutes of fuel left and they turn the lights off. Where do they expect us to land, downtown Beirut?
Captain Testrake: Okay, we'll make one more approach.
Phil Maresca: We'll put her down in the water if we have to.
Captain Testrake: No, we're going to go for the runway. Uli, tell him we may have to crash land.
Purser Uli Derickson: [referring to Castro] He says, good, that ...
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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 »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) 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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