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The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story

The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (also marketed as The Flight for home video releases and DVD reissues) is a 1988 American made-for-television drama film based on the actual hijacking of TWA Flight 847 as seen through the eyes of Uli Derickson, the chief flight attendant. Derickson herself acted as a consultant for the film. The film was directed by Paul Wendkos.[1]

The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story
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Home video cover using the title The Flight
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola (exec. producer)
Fred Roos
Tom Sternberg
Written by Norman Morrill
Starring Lindsay Wagner
Eli Danker
Sandy McPeak
Music by Gil Melle and Demis Roussos
Cinematography Chuck Arnold
Edited by James Galloway
Distributed by Columbia TriStar Television
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English, Arabic, German



Print ad showing the original broadcast title

The film showcases the first 48 hours of the hijacking, until Derickson's liberation. After the aircraft leaves Athens, Derickson is forced at gunpoint to the flight deck door by "Castro", one of the terrorists. She is able to defuse the situation by communicating with him in German, convincing him to release hostages upon landing in Beirut and Algiers and pleading for the other hijacker to stop harming the passengers. Her efforts are shown to save the lives of all but one hostage, Robert Stethem, whose body was thrown on the tarmac in Beirut.




  1. ^ "The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  2. ^ list of 1988 Nominees & Winners

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