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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 »

Director:

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 ... Mrs. Weisman
Edwin Gerard Edwin Gerard ... Dr. Panos
Bridget Hoffman ... Mrs. Panos
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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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Take-Off Into Terror.

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from June 14 to June 16, 1985. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
Castro: America murderer! America Satan!
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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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Hostess with punch!
27 February 2001 | by john191158See all my reviews

Based on a true story, Lindsay plays air hostess Uri Dereikson on a hijacked plane by Iranian terrorists. Good direction and enough suspense to see the viewer through to the end of the film. I wonder how cool and calm hostesses would be in real life? If I was on such a flight I'd want someone like Wagner as hostess, that's for sure.

One of the few Wagner movies available to purchase in Australia (most go straight to video)and scored well in the tv ratings when screened here more than a decade ago.Rating 8 out of 10.


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