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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 »

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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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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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Trivia

In the original English version, Castro speaks limited English and Uli translates his orders from German to English and vice versa. This is the same in most dubbed versions (i.e. Uli translates from German to the viewer's language). However, in the European Spanish version, Castro speaks perfect Spanish and no German, and instead of translating his orders (which are already in Spanish), Uli merely repeats them in her own words or adds commentary. See more »

Goofs

The word "Bundesrepublik" ("Federal Republic") on the cover of Uli's German passport is misspelled. See more »

Quotes

Castro: Understand? You stay with me, we agree? You stay.
Purser Uli Derickson: Don't hurt anyone.
Castro: We agree?
Purser Uli Derickson: Just don't hurt anyone else.
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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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endgültige, endgültige Testikel
18 February 2005 | by sat-eliteSee all my reviews

Uli, if you have have some medication left over, I would like some.

Just why should they be releasing garbage like this on UK TV ( at this time)? Utter utter bolox, one of those films that ages before it was even put in the can.

Nothing on a plane equates to the passenger situation, even in the mid eighties. Wheres the sweat, the compression/decompression/noise. Only realistic detail is the in flight entertainment (nothing). even the meal given to the beaten man is too good to be true.

The main 'terrorist' is able to parle Englisch within a half hour of the movie, even though his chums on board have never recognised (recognized?) the language. and then one of his friends wants to marry the German speaking hostess - I can in a warped sense of reality imagine this, it takes toasted Stilton cheese before an early bedtime, and I would give the benefit of the doubt, but why ?.

Give all the film crew and cast a towel, facing East, towards Backpool, or anywhere, just to hide their heads in shame. Complete drivel


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