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The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988)

This made-for-television film documents the takeover of the TWA airliner in flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The focus is on the flight attendant, Uli Derickson, whose courage and hope ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

Norman Morrill
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Wagner ... Uli Derickson
Eli Danker ... Castro
Sandy McPeak ... Captain Testrake
Ray Wise ... Phil Maresca
Leslie Easterbrook ... Audrey
Laurie Walters ... Jane
Joseph Nasser Joseph Nasser ... Saiid
Barry Jenner ... Ben Zimmerman
Valorie Armstrong Valorie Armstrong ... Woman in red coat
Jim McMullan ... Russell
Steven Eckholdt ... Robert Stethem
Philip Levien ... Weisman
Lynn Tufeld Lynn Tufeld ... Mrs. Weisman
Edwin Gerard Edwin Gerard ... Dr. Panos
Bridget Hoffman ... Mrs. Panos
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Storyline

This made-for-television film documents the takeover of the TWA airliner in flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The focus is on the flight attendant, Uli Derickson, whose courage and hope helped save all but one of the passengers on the plane. The movie chronicles the first 2 days and the aftermath. Written by mike407

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Taglines:

Take-Off Into Terror.

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flight See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When asked how much costs the plane, Uli Derickson played by Lindsay Wagner, answers "I don't know... 6 million". A reference to the TV show The Six Million Dollar Man, which was her big break. Her character was so popular that she landed her own show The Bionic Woman. See more »

Goofs

When Uli reads the seat allocation of the pregnant woman and her husband they are in 'B' and 'C' seats, the next scene Uli is settling them into the 'D' and 'E' seats (other side of the aisle) - an earlier reference to the 'A' seat being on 'their right' supports this. See more »

Quotes

[after being denied landing clearance in Beirut]
Ben Zimmerman: They turned off their VOR. And the runway lights.
Phil Maresca: We have mountain elevation just beyond the airport.
Captain Testrake: And the sea on the left. We have six minutes of fuel left and they turn the lights off. Where do they expect us to land, downtown Beirut?
[sighs]
Captain Testrake: Okay, we'll make one more approach.
Phil Maresca: We'll put her down in the water if we have to.
Captain Testrake: No, we're going to go for the runway. Uli, tell him we may have to crash land.
Purser Uli Derickson: [referring to Castro] He says, good, that ...
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer on the end credits: "Trans World Airlines has provided technical assistance but in no way has endorsed the production and is not responsible for the truth or accuracy of the content of this program." See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Surprisingly low-key and effective hostage drama
22 May 2007 | by donrogers42See all my reviews

And you thought your last vacation was bad! This modest 1987 made-for-TV docudrama, starring Lindsay Wagner as flight attendant Uli Derickson, does a surprisingly good job of depicting a 1985 Arab hijacking without too much of the expected overdone histrionics or Rambo-esquire heroics. The writing carefully and sensibly sticks to Derickson's perspective. This is certainly one of Wagner's best roles; she is affecting, again without being overly glamorized.

If this all has something of a Reader's Digest Drama-in-Real-Life feel to it, that goes with the territory. No great contribution to world cinema, but well done.


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