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Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy (1989)

Chronicle of the shooting down of a Korean passenger plane by Soviet air force on 1st September 1983. Over 280 people died in this incident.


David Darlow


Brian Phelan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Murphy ... Richard Burt
Michael Moriarty ... Maj. Hank Daniels
Chris Sarandon ... John Lenczowski
Harris Yulin ... Gen. Tyson
Richard Holmes ... Clark (as Otto Jarman)
Bradley Lavelle ... Jamie
Kieron Jecchinis ... Coles
Matthew Freeman Matthew Freeman ... Aaron
Andrea Browne Andrea Browne ... Operative
James Tillitt James Tillitt ... Operative
Ed O'Ross ... Sgt. Duffy
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Carol
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ... Dave
Marc Smith ... Mort
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... Military


Chronicle of the shooting down of a Korean passenger plane by Soviet air force on 1st September 1983. Over 280 people died in this incident.

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20 August 1989 (USA) See more »

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Coded Hostile See more »

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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Rundfunkchor Leipzig (as The Leipzig Radio Chorus) and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (as The Dresden State Orchestra)
Conducted by Peter Schreier
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Truth behind the KAL 007 Intel Intercept
20 February 2018 | by sigmanfreundSee all my reviews

As Sgrignoli (whom I remember) said in his review, Larry was obviously not a part of what really happened on that fateful night of August 31 into September 1, 1983. I was a Russian Linguist and came in on the day shift. The movie does not accurately portray what happens in a SCIF (secure intel facility). I would add that I was one of the linguists later assigned in Wakkanai the next year. Even our analysts, as Sgrignoli points out, don't know the actual story. I was assigned in Wakkanai with the linguist who actually copied the shootdown; he told me how it really happened, but I won't go into that detail here. The movie is good for entertainment and to enlighten the common public about that significant event. I hope in this 35th anniversary year that more people will want to remember what happened and why it is important. I went on to leave the USAF after 13 years and did 8 years with the Army, finishing my time in 2004 in Ar Ramadi Iraq. I watched 6 men die (one of them my best buddy) and many others get shot to pieces for no good reason. Death of civilians and soldiers in any way is really so useless. There was no need for the KAL 007 to be shot down, nor was there a need for the "war" in Iraq.

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