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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.


David Darlow


Brian Phelan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Murphy ... Richard Burt
Michael Moriarty ... Maj. Hank Daniels
Chris Sarandon ... John Lenczowski
Harris Yulin ... Gen. Tyson
Richard Holmes ... Clark (as Otto Jarman)
Bradley Lavelle ... Jamie
Kieron Jecchinis ... Coles
Matthew Freeman Matthew Freeman ... Aaron
Andrea Browne Andrea Browne ... Operative
James Tillitt James Tillitt ... Operative
Ed O'Ross ... Sgt. Duffy
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Carol
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ... Dave
Marc Smith ... Mort
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... Military


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) See more »

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Coded Hostile See more »

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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Rundfunkchor Leipzig (as The Leipzig Radio Chorus) and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (as The Dresden State Orchestra)
Conducted by Peter Schreier
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This is the most technically accurate movie to be made of this incident!
18 November 2005 | by larryb100See all my reviews

This movie is accurate in all respects and is an authentic reproduction of the actual events that occurred on 1 September, 1983, over the Sea of Okhotsk just southeast of the Sachalin Peninsula, in the Soviet Far East. I was one of only 12 people who were supposed to have full knowledge of these events, as the files were marked: "Top Secret"! It is quite clear that whoever made this movie had technical direction from one of the original 12 people involved. I rented the video "Tailspin" from a local supermarket video department, because it was aviation based and looked interesting. I never would have believed what it contained until it unfolded before my eyes! I was completely shocked as this film played out on my television screen! The complete details were far too secret and previously known to so few people. Every detail in this movie is accurate and authentic in every aspect. I am also amazed that the director had the ability to reproduce the details and situations exactly as they occurred, leaving out nothing and adding nothing, right down to the call-signs of the aircraft involved! In most "docu-drama's" directors/producers have the tendency to "embellish" beyond all reason/necessity, the accuracy and details of the actual events. This did not happen here! An excellent reproduction of actual events made into a great movie!

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