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Mogadischu (2008)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Kretschmann ... Kapitän Jürgen Schumann
Nadja Uhl ... Stewardess Gabriele Dillmann
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Kapitän Mahmud
Herbert Knaup ... Oberstleutnant Ulrich Wegener
Jürgen Tarrach ... Hans Jürgen Wischnewski
Christian Berkel ... Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt
Simon Verhoeven ... Co-Pilot Jürgen Vietor
Tobias Licht ... Hauptmann Baum
Cornelia Schmaus Cornelia Schmaus ... Lyvia Vamos
Mohcine Nadifi Mohcine Nadifi ... Walbi Harb
Franz Dinda ... Peter-Jürgen Boock
Youssef Hamid Youssef Hamid ... Dr. Wadi Haddad
Gernot Alwin Kunert Gernot Alwin Kunert ... Hanns Martin Schleyer (as Gernot Kunert)
Bettina Hoppe Bettina Hoppe ... Brigitte Mohnhaupt
Abdellatif Chaouqi ... Scheich Ahmed (as Abdellatif Chaouki)
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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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 »

Goofs

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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An Excellent history drama film with awesome vfx and excellent acting
15 July 2015 | by deventhakkarSee all my reviews

Great acting and excellent visual effects, particularly the computer generated imagery of the hijacked plane, D-ABCE "Landshut" City Jet 737 looks really amazing, taking off, flying and landing. Of course, parking scenes and refueling scenes were done with the real aircraft on green screen. The aircraft looks so realistic and beautiful blue and yellow colored, thanks to the director and painting crew for adjusting and repainting the 1970s Lufthansa livery on CN-RMI resembling D- ABCE (Royal Air Maroc), literally! Portrays the 1977 hijacking beautifully colored and realistic. This closely follows the true plot. Great job to the researchers, producers and vfx team! Acting and performances, GREAT! The director chose an excellent German cast to play the roles, the hijackers/terrorists and including those who played the Arabs in Dubai and Yemen and the African actors playing the Somali dictator Siad Barre and the rest of the Somali forces communicating in Arabic, German and English. The hijackers swearing emphasizes their cruelty and anger and the props (guns, grenades, Che Guevara shirts etc) are also great. However, some scenes including the the Landshut landing, refueling and takeoff from Bahrain were missing. Other than that part, the filming scenes were so awesome, despite being shot in Germany and morocco, they looked like the actual places in 1977. Overall, i'd give this a 8.7 to 8.9 out of 10 as a few parts from the actual story were not included but other than that, it's great! This is WAY better than the 1997 docudrama film Todesspiel! WATCH THIS if you're interested.


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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

German | English | Arabic

Release Date:

30 November 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mogadiscio See more »

Filming Locations:

Baden-Württemberg, Germany See more »

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EUR6,700,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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