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An adaptation from the John Adams opera on the true life incident that took place in the mid 80s. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sanford Sylvan ... Klinghoffer
Christopher Maltman ... Captain
Yvonne Howard ... Marilyn Klinghoffer
Tom Randle ... Molqui
Kamel Boutros ... Mamoud

Houda Echouafni ... Fatima
Leigh Melrose ... Rambo
Emil Marwa ... Omar
Susan Bickley ... Omar (singing voice)
Vivian Tierney ... Swiss Grandmother
Dean Robinson ... First Officer
Kirsten Blaise ... British Dancing Girl
Nuala Willis ... Austrian Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Banks ... Bernie, American Hostage
Neil Bell ... Jim, British Hostage
Rachel Bell ... Betsy, American Hostage
Syan Blake ... Helen, British Hostage
Ray Charleson ... Ben, Israeli Hostage
Lara Clifton ... Lorraine, British Hostage

Lin Clifton ... Mother

Julie Cox ... Young Hannah
Dylan Fielding ... Bob, American Hostage
Kelli Hollis ... Lisa-Marie, American Hostage
Juliette Kaplan ... Miriam, American Hostage
Tony Kirkland ... Steve, British Hostage
Andy Lucas ... Middle Eastern Expert
Della McCrae ... Grieving Relative

Alec Newman ... Young Benjamin
Rebecca Palmer ... Stella, British Hostage
Alexander Popplewell ... Didi

T.J. Ramini ... Ismael (as Tarek Ramini)

Joyce Springer ... Hannah

Directed by
Penny Woolcock 
Writing credits
Alice Goodman (libretto)

Produced by
Abi Bach .... line producer
Madonna Baptiste .... producer
Jan Younghusband .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Graham Smith 
Film Editing by
Brand Thumim 
Casting by
Nadira Seecoomar 
Production Design by
John Ellis 
Art Direction by
Heather Gibson 
Costume Design by
Claire Anderson 
Makeup Department
Jo Evans .... makeup supervisor
Jacqueline Fowler .... makeup artist: underwater sequence (as Jackie Fowler)
Michelle Garrett .... makeup artist
Jackie Grima .... makeup artist
Claire Jones .... key makeup artist
Nicola Powell .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmund Coulthard .... assistant director: underwater sequences
Joe Geary .... first assistant director
Simon Hedges .... third assistant director
Andrea Slater .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mark Caruana .... construction manager
Barry Du Pille .... property master
Jeremy Duckham .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Stuart Bruce .... sound recordist
John Fewell .... foley artist
Tim Handley .... sound
Mike Hatch .... sound
David McMillan .... boom operator
Annabelle Pangborn .... sound montage
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Doug McCarthy .... special effects technician
Robert Thomas .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Simon Burley .... software and technical
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator
Lee Sheward .... stunt double: Klinghoffer
Camera and Electrical Department
David Attoe .... gaffer
Michael Bondin .... sparks
Susan Cane .... focus puller
Aaron Green .... gaffer: underwater unit
Elly Harrowes .... clapper loader (as Ellie Harrowes)
Cost Teluik .... sparks
Chris Thornton .... film recorder operator
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera operator
Mikey Pavia .... assistant gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
John Berry .... casting: opera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucy Capron .... costume assistant
Leonora Stabb .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Simon Brook .... on-line editor
Kevin Phelan .... head of post-production: LipSync Post
Martin Southworth .... colorist
Music Department
John Adams .... conductor
Mike Hatch .... engineer
Dave Hinitt .... assistant music engineer
The London Symphony Chorus .... chorus
London Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Colin Matthews .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ivan Sammut .... action vehicle supervisor
Other crew
Winston Azzopardi .... production consultant
Adrian Borg Ghigo .... crowd marshall
Paulo Butera .... production runner
Kurt Chetcuti Bonarita .... production runner
Suzanne Facenfield .... production coordinator
Doug Green .... diving supervisor
Rosamund McArthy .... production accountant
Charlie Nancy .... production runner
Xenia Theodorous .... location assistant: Cyprus
Charlie Thompson .... location manager
Jean Turvey .... production coordinator
Erskine Vella .... production runner
Daniel Woldu .... production runner
George Wong .... production accountant
Nigel Wood .... production accountant

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2 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Somewhat progressive, 12 March 2004
Author: onceuponatime500 from woodstock nation

This opera, in acknowledging the plight of the Palestinian people, is somewhat progressive, but it fails to fully portray the role of Klinghoffer on the ship in trying to stir up the passengers and opposing the Palestinian freedom fighters. The contemporary footage of the zionist soldiers firing at Palestinians fighting for freedom and justice in the intifada adds a lot to the good music. This is definitely worth watching, but doesn't quite hit the mark. Years after the event, following the war against the people of Iraq, the U.S., with no justification, grabbed a Palestinian leader Abu Abbas, who was in Iraq, and imprisoned him, a man who wasn't even on this boat, and accused him of having something to do with it. He just died in U.S. custody, supposedly of natural causes (wink, wink), another victim, no doubt, of the Bush administration's policy of torture and murder of prisoners. They should add something onto this film about that, along with a strong condemnation of the continuing efforts of some to make Klinghoffer, who was an open supporter of zionism, into some sort of sympathetic figure. The reality was shown when his wife, Marilyn Klinghoffer, subsequently vilely spit onto Palestinians who were involved in the incident on the ship. She subsequently died of cancer.

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