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The Skyjacker's Tale (2016)

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After five citizens of the Virgin Islands are convicted in the 1970s of a massacre at one of the island's fancy country clubs, their ostensible leader stages a skyjacking and escapes to Cuba.


Jamie Kastner


Jamie Kastner
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Credited cast:
Ishmael Muslim Ali Ishmael Muslim Ali ... Himself
Peter Bent ... Ballantine
Daniela Biz Daniela Biz ... Ruth Griffen
Tainya-Sue Brown ... Tina Tuitt
Isabella Carr ... Melanie Chernoff
Bradley Gordon ... Ishmael Muslim Ali
Martin Huss ... Ohanio Harris
Robert Ifedi ... Charlo
Margaret Ratner Kunstler Margaret Ratner Kunstler ... Herself
Paul Norie Paul Norie ... Legrand Lee
Michael Ratner Michael Ratner ... Himself
Emily Schooley ... Airline Passenger


After five citizens of the Virgin Islands are convicted in the 1970s of a massacre at one of the island's fancy country clubs, their ostensible leader stages a skyjacking and escapes to Cuba.

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Truth is in the air...









Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Geschichte des Flugzeugentführers Ali LaBeet See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$202, 7 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,253, 21 September 2017
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Cave 7 Productions See more »
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criminal or victim?
29 June 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. "I'm a revolutionary. I'm not a criminal." So states Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly Ishmael LaBeet), a man convicted of 8 murders at a posh country club in 1972 St. Croix. Director Jamie Kastner secures a fascinating on camera extended interview with the man who considers himself a victim – a political prisoner.

Ali is a well-spoken and somewhat charismatic man, while at the same time not exactly believable or likable. Director Kastner retraces the original Fountain Valley Murders, and the subsequent questionable interrogations that led to Ali and four others confessing to the horrific crimes. Confessions allegedly garnered through torture (cattle prods and ropes/trees) and a sham trial are the focus of the film … predictably, St Croix law enforcement denies such activities, while others provide quite vivid details of such.

Adding intrigue to the saga is the 1984 New Year's Eve hijacking of an American Airlines flight by Ali. He re-directed the flight to Cuba where he continues to live today. Interviews with the pilot, flight attendants and even passengers accompany the reenactments of the hijacking, and Ali later explains how he smuggled the gun aboard.

Kastner leaves little doubt that he believes Ali's story, but in a show of balance, we do learn that Ali/LaBeet was dishonorably discharged from the military, and later joined the Black Panthers. He was described as the "most polite hijacker" and certainly has some outspoken critics, but the numerous interviews – especially that of Ali – will test your people-reading skills. Criminal or victim? You decide.

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