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Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair (1990)

The story of the hijacking of the Italian luxury liner Achille Lauro by four Palestinians.

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Alberto Negrin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Leon Klinghoffer
Eva Marie Saint ... Marilyn Klinghoffer
Renzo Montagnani ... De Rosa
Joseph Nasser Joseph Nasser ... Molqi
Rebecca Schaeffer ... Cheryl
Brian Bloom ... Antonio
Dominique Sanda ... Margot
Bernard Fresson ... Pierre
Yossi Ashdot Yossi Ashdot ... Assadi
Jochen Horst ... Helmut
Maurizio Benazzo Maurizio Benazzo ... Michele
Gabriele Ferzetti
Robert Culp ... Gen. Davies
Adriana Innocenti Adriana Innocenti
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Abul
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Genua, 3rd October 1985. Together with over 500 other passengers Margot and Pierre Bergeron, a married couple from France, the Serafinis, an Italian family, Anne Higgins, an Englishwoman, Gitta and Helmut Holzer from Germany and an American couple called Marilyn and Leon Klinghoffer board the 'Achille Lauro'. The mood is cheerful and relaxed, everyone is looking forward to twelve days of sun, sea and peace. No one suspects that there are four Palestinian terrorists among the passengers: Al Assadi, Fatayer, Al Ashker and Molqi, their leader. The ship puts to sea in perfect weather. Three marvellous days follow. Everyone appears to be happy and contented. But in the case of some of the passengers appearances are deceiving. Marilyn Klinghoffer, for example, only pretends to her crippled husband that she is well and happy; in reality she is seriously ill with cancer and knows that this will be her last voyage. She does not want to upset her husband, however. A crisis is brewing between ... Written by Anonymous

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Italy | France | USA | West Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entführung der Achille Lauro See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to the NY Times, the film was shot inside the actual Achille Lauro cruiser. She sank in 1994 after an uncontrolled fire incident. See more »

Quotes

Aide: General Davies is on the line, Mr. President. We've just gotten the final confirmation we've been waiting for. The aircraft left Cairo... and the murderers are on board.
President Reagan: Get them!
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Soundtracks

Come Sail Away
by Leonie Gane (as L. Gane) - Ennio Morricone
Sung by Amii Stewart
Recorded on RCA
Published by BMG Ariola
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Flawed but accurate film depicts raw brutality of Palestinian extremists
25 November 2005 | by scooterwill98See all my reviews

A bit on the stilted side, but overall a historical depiction of the events on the Achille Lauro. Lancaster still shows his acting chops and the movie accurately depicts the murder of an old man in a wheelchair simply because he was Jewish. Thank God this film avoids the pitfalls of being politically correct and shows the true face of Islamic fascism in all its brutality. If only more filmmakers were as courageous as this film's producers. Hopefully this film will be remade with better dialogue and a few more big name stars. Kudos for bringing Eva Marie Saint out of virtual retirement. She radiates class and it is very much imparted to the Marilyn Klinghoffer character. With a little luck future generations will understand that the terrorism of innocents is never justified. It's even more true in regard to the treatment of wheelchair-bound elderly.


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