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Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy (1989)

Chronicle of the shooting down of a Korean passenger plane by Soviet air force on 1st September 1983. Over 280 people died in this incident.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burt
Maj. Hank Daniels
John Lenczowski
Gen. Tyson
Otto Jarman ...
Bradley Lavelle ...
Kieron Jecchinis ...
Matthew Freeman ...
Andrea Browne ...
James Tillitt ...
Sgt. Duffy
Debora Weston ...
Colin Bruce ...
Marc Smith ...
Bill Bailey ...


Chronicle of the shooting down of a Korean passenger plane by Soviet air force on 1st September 1983. Over 280 people died in this incident.

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20 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Coded Hostile  »

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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The Leipzig Radio Chorus and The Dresden State Orchestra
Conducted by Peter Schreier
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Excellent for its time
13 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the time when I saw this film (16 years ago) I wasn't into docudramas yet, nor did I know much about the incident depicted. As I watched it, my respect grew for its makers. The manner in which the film is done is dry, yet very inciting to watch further, much like a smart, well crafted thriller. One could see that a lot of detailed information was acquired in order to make it. The acting is great, the presentation of the facts and the incidents feels clean, accurate, objective and unemotional, yet not dulling the senses, but allowing the viewers to experience their own emotions as they watch. It was the first film that taught me the importance of restraint and sobriety when depicting a tragic story, and how much more effective that can be when those who tell it don't season it with extra emotions and don't let personal views nuance the facts. Kinda like the stuff of real journalism: true objectivity.

I gave the film a 9 because the tenth point I usually reserve for either art films or great films with social/political connotation, but in its genre this film could just as well be a 10, in spite of the fact that it's a bit outdated.

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