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Genua, 3rd October 1985. Together with over 500 other passengers Margot and Pierre Bergeron, a married couple from France, the Serafinis, an Italian family, Anne Higgins, an Englishwoman, Gitta and Helmut Holzer from Germany and an American couple called Marilyn and Leon Klinghoffer board the 'Achille Lauro'. The mood is cheerful and relaxed, everyone is looking forward to twelve days of sun, sea and peace. No one suspects that there are four Palestinian terrorists among the passengers: Al Assadi, Fatayer, Al Ashker and Molqi, their leader. The ship puts to sea in perfect weather. Three marvellous days follow. Everyone appears to be happy and contented. But in the case of some of the passengers appearances are deceiving. Marilyn Klinghoffer, for example, only pretends to her crippled husband that she is well and happy; in reality she is seriously ill with cancer and knows that this will be her last voyage. She does not want to upset her husband, however. A crisis is brewing between ... Written by
Flawed but accurate film depicts raw brutality of Palestinian extremists
A bit on the stilted side, but overall a historical depiction of the events on the Achille Lauro. Lancaster still shows his acting chops and the movie accurately depicts the murder of an old man in a wheelchair simply because he was Jewish. Thank God this film avoids the pitfalls of being politically correct and shows the true face of Islamic fascism in all its brutality. If only more filmmakers were as courageous as this film's producers. Hopefully this film will be remade with better dialogue and a few more big name stars. Kudos for bringing Eva Marie Saint out of virtual retirement. She radiates class and it is very much imparted to the Marilyn Klinghoffer character. With a little luck future generations will understand that the terrorism of innocents is never justified. It's even more true in regard to the treatment of wheelchair-bound elderly.
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