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Writer (WGA):
Norman Morrill (written by)
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Release Date:
2 May 1988 (USA) See more »
Take-Off Into Terror.
This made-for-television film documents the takeover of the TWA airliner in flight from Athens to Rome in 1985... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
(2 articles)
Paul Wendkos obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 1 December 2009, 10:13 AM, PST)

Paul Wendkos obituary
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  (in credits order)

Lindsay Wagner ... Uli Derickson

Eli Danker ... Castro

Sandy McPeak ... Captain Testrake

Ray Wise ... Phil Maresca

Leslie Easterbrook ... Audrey

Laurie Walters ... Jane
Joseph Nasser ... Saiid

Barry Jenner ... Ben Zimmerman
Valorie Armstrong ... Woman in red coat

Jim McMullan ... Russell

Steven Eckholdt ... Robert Stethem

Philip Levien ... Weisman
Lynn Tufeld ... Mrs. Weisman
Edwin Gerard ... Dr. Panos
Bridget Hoffman ... Mrs. Panos
Nick Angotti ... Scott Holmes

Wren T. Brown ... Ernie Jackson

J. Michael Flynn ... Peter Currier
Ginger Garrett ... Young mother
Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Woman in mink

Kavi Raz ... Pamphlet man
Ray Genadry ... Abdu
Emile Beaucard ... Ali Atwa
Micah Grant ... Ken Taylor

Sayed Badreya ... 'Skull & Crossbones' (as Elsayed Badreya)
Dennis Moynahan ... Teenage boy
Brandon Bluhm ... Matthew
Tilli ... Boarding clerk (as Tilghman Branner)
Brian Kinsel ... Silver
Caron L. Steiner ... Mayers
John S. Davis ... Bachman
J. Bruce Long ... Feldner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Akrawi ... Twa hijack terrorrist

Sam Sako ... Highjacker (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Wendkos 
Writing credits
Norman Morrill (written by)

Produced by
Jay Benson .... producer
Jim Calio .... executive producer
David Hume Kennerly .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gil Melle 
Cinematography by
Chuck Arnold 
Film Editing by
James Galloway 
Casting by
Pam Polifroni 
Production Design by
Ross Bellah 
Art Direction by
Robert Maddy 
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels 
Costume Design by
Mina Mittelman 
Makeup Department
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (as John Elliott)
Cheri Ruff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Larry Y. Albucher .... production manager
Tim Flack .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Marsh .... first assistant director
Stephen Southard .... second assistant director
Art Department
David DeCamp .... property master
Hank Stonecipher .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
John 'Pee Wee' Carter .... sound mixer
Ed Fassl .... sound editor
Al Gomez .... supervising foley mixer
Jerry Jacobson .... adr supervisor
Tom Ruff .... adr mixer
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor
James Troutman .... supervising sound editor (as Jim Trautman)
Special Effects by
Richard Ratliff .... special effects coordinator
Kathryn Kimler .... stunt coordinator
Ray Lykins .... stunt double: Steven Eckholdt
Bob McGovern .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rudolph Garcia .... costumer: men
Marcie Olivi .... costumer: women
Other crew
Marilyn Ball .... production consultant
Jackie Brady Baugh .... production accountant (as Jackie Baugh)
Paul Coleman .... security lead man (as Paul Vincent Coleman)
Uli Derickson .... story consultant
Kurt Dorn .... technical advisor
Linda Dorn .... program liaison
Seymour Friedman .... executive production consultant
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"The Flight" - USA (video box title)
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100 min | UK:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

In the original English version, Castro speaks limited English and Uli translates his orders from German to English and vice versa. This is the same in most dubbed versions (i.e. Uli translates from German to the viewer's language). However, in the European Spanish version, Castro speaks perfect Spanish and no German, and instead of translating his orders (which are already in Spanish), Uli merely repeats them in her own words or adds commentary.See more »
Continuity: The exterior shots of the TWA plane indicate it is a Boeing 727-200. However the interior shots show a galley in the middle of the aircraft, which is a feature of the slightly smaller 727-100.See more »
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.
Castro:Now I pray.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Hostess with punch!, 27 February 2001
Author: john191158 from australia

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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