6 user 1 critic

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 »



Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Legend of Lizzie Borden (TV Movie 1975)
Drama | History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins
From the Dead of Night (TV Movie 1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After having a near death experience Joanna finds her life in constant danger. She begins to believe that certain forces are trying to bring her back into the world of the dead. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Bruce Boxleitner, Robin Thomas
Pandora's Clock (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Quantum Airlines flight 66 has just taken off from Frankfurt, Germany bound for New York's JFK International Airport with 247 passengers aboard. After take-off, a man infected with a ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Daphne Zuniga, Jane Leeves
Treacherous Crossing (TV Movie 1992)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 1947, a passenger on an ocean liner says her husband went missing right after they boarded together, but all evidence shows she's traveling alone.

Director: Tony Wharmby
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Angie Dickinson, Grant Show
Nightmare at Bittercreek (TV Movie 1988)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Four vacationing women back-packing in the Sierra mountains unwittingly stumble upon a hideout, and are terrorized by a ruthless group of Neo-Nazis in a deadly game of cat and mouse. With ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Tom Skerritt, Constance McCashin
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Bionic Woman and the Six-Million-Dollar Man reunite--with a few younger bionic assistants--and try to catch a bionic spy.

Director: Alan J. Levi
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Lee Majors, Richard Anderson
The Principal (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime ridden high school.

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong
Popcorn (1991)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A murderer begins killing off teenagers at a horrorthon they have organized in an abandoned theater.

Directors: Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby
Stars: Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Mexican revolutionary hires an American gunslinger to organize the rescue of their leader from a brutal army prison.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham
The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
Action | Sci-Fi | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After fully recovering from her near fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.

Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
Enough Said (2013)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband.

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Take-Off Into Terror.




See all certifications »




Release Date:

2 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Flight  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


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 »


Purser Uli Derickson: [to a pregnant woman and her husband] Oh! Looks like three are traveling for the price of two here!
See more »

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 »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Taking of Flight 847 - Is it for sale? loriwade
the lullaby katb723

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: