In 1977, skyjackers abduct Lufthansa Flight 181, subsequently involving Germany's special operations unit GSG 9 to free all the hostages.
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On September 5, 1977 in Colgone, Germany during the German Autumn of 1977, businessman Hanns-Martin Schleyer is kidnapped by Palestinian-Arabic terrorists from the RAF (Red Army Fraction). They demand the release of their former leaders Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe from the , who are arrested in the prison of Stammheim Prison in Stuttgart, Germany. However, the democratic West German party, lead by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt refuses to negotiate with terrorists and doesn't want to give into their demands because he doesn't want to ruin his or Germany's reputation so that it remains as a powerful, strong, free and democratic country. When the German government delays, and eventually refuses this release, some other Palestinian Arabic terrorists friends of the RAF) who are four members of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) with close, friendly ties to the RAF hijack a homeward bound Boeing 737-230C Lufthansa plane with the name "Landshut" with ... Written by Anonymous

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Kapningen av Lufthansa 181  »

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€6,700,000 (estimated)
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For exterior and interior shots of the aircraft, the film crews and the director rented a Boeing 737-2B6(Adv) serial 21214 / 449 registered CN-RMI of Royal Air Maroc. The plane is located in Casablanca Anfa airport stored in a hangar and used for training purposes of ground staff only. It was fully repainted in the 1970s Lufthansa livery colors as a replica to to replicate the actual aircraft involved in the incident. The director, camera crews, producers and the rest of the filmmakers were granted permission to rent and fully repaint the aircraft and use it for the film, as well as repaint the control tower and other airport buildings and infrastructure. The real aircraft was used for scenes where the plane was taxing, refueling, towing or parking. Takeoff, in flight and landing exterior scenes of the aircraft were done using computer generated imagery. See more »

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The cars of Schleyer's convoy are not depicted 100% correctly - Schleyer's real S-Class W116 Mercedes was NOT a Model 450 SEL 6.9 ("just" a standard 450 SEL), and the W114 /8 Mercedes of his bodyguards is shown as being a Series 1 model (in reality it was a Series 2 280 E). See more »

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Very scary to have been a 'hostage', even if we were only 'acting'.
31 December 2008 | by (Casablanca, Morocco) – See all my reviews

Much of this film was shot at the old Casablanca airport as Royal Air Maroc has a 737 identical to 'Landshut' (the hijacked plane) which is grounded there. It was repainted in Lufthansa colours, and the cast was confined to the aircraft for up to 12 - 14 hours a day, so the feeling of being 'hijacked' was very real.... no breaks for long periods, very hot, quite an experience for the extras who made up the majority of the passengers.

Also, the whole film of the hijacking was shot 'in sequence' over ten days, and the 'passengers' were not briefed on how the 'hijackers' were going to behave, some of the fear you see is 'real', not acted. Even tho' you know it's just a prop, having a gun waved in your face when you are not expecting it is NOT a nice experience.

And very little make up and so on was used, putting on clothes dirty from yesterday at the start of each days filming really put us in the mood. If the film is as realistic to watch as it was to be part of, then it has to be a really good film - it hasn't come to Maroc yet, so all I've seen of it are the (video) rushes we were shown every evening.


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