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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Barry Jenner ...
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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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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Crazy Credits

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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Excellent & topical story on terrorism
23 November 2002 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

I remember the real events of this true story back in 1985, one of the earliest terrorist assaults on Americans & our allies on an airplane hijacked by Hezbollah operatives. Eli Danker makes a magnificent villain, an Arab living in Germany who is fluent in the language, opposite the dependable Lindsay Wagner as purser--and bonafide heroine--Uli Derickson, a wife & mother who showed remarkable grace under pressure. The story is edge-of-your-seat with a tough script and good support from a B-grade cast, including Sandy McPeak as Captain Testrake, Steven Eckholdt as the doomed sailor Robert Stethem, and Garrett & Gilfillan as a young mother and an older widow respectively. Danker's Castro is a madman capable of kindness to a pregnant woman then horrible brutality to young Stethem, a Navy welder whose geography coincides with Danker's personal tragedy and ultimate reason for his actions. He and Wagner deserved awards for their performances.


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