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Voyage Of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair

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This is the final film of actress Rebecca Schaeffer who was tragically murdered by an obsessed fan on July 18, 1989. For those not familiar with the case and those who are interested in further knowledge, her wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Schaeffer I followed this case heavily when it happened. I was just 15 but it affected me greatly. In hindsight, I believe it was this case that led to my interest in all things "True Crime." I wouldn't say I was the biggest "My Sister Sam" fan, her most notable role. I know I watched it occasionally but what made me a fan of Rebecca's was watching her appearance in a Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1987 next to Joe Penny of "Jake and the Fatman". I became a fan because you could just tell by watching her that Hollywood hadn't corrupted her and she was just as down to earth as any teenager would be who never had a taste of fame. For snippets of Rebecca during this Thanksgiving Day Parade, I've included the following YT clips so you can see what I mean. [video=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U8mmMk49Ho] [video=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMwZPKw1a6o] [video=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhO-6xUgeHE] For over 2 decades, I practically forgot about this case. Other cases to catch my interest, booze & drugs, work or just plain life, I forgot...until about 6 weeks ago. Seems last July was the 25th anniversary of her death and they started talking about it again on the news, making new true crime shows on the subject on ID channel called "Dead on Arrival" Ep. 1 titled "Fatal Obsession". It seems Rebecca's case is so forefront on Hollywood tragedy, she was even the subject of the very first E! True Hollywood Story. Well, this young woman died at the age of 21, so her acting resume wasn't very long. I was able through YT and a private Facebook group to gather the majority of her work...except for this elusive film. I see someone posted the Ennio Morricone soundtrack to it on this site, but no film. As luck would have it, I was searching for it on Amazon and Ebay off and on for weeks. Last weekend, I found a single copy on Amazon for $35 and it just arrived today, so here it is. I can't tell you if it's good or not. I just had time to burn it from VHS to DVD and then rip it to my pc for your enjoyment, however, anything with a co-star that beautiful and a Morricone score can't be bad. Now a bit about the movie from the 1 Amazon review: This Made-For-TV Movie " Voyage of Terror" (1990 )starring Burt Lancaster and Eva Marie Saint is based on the true story of a hi-jacked luxury cruise ship that came to be known as "the achille lauro affair". . The film depicts the terrorism events that transpired aboard the Italian luxury cruise ship Achille Lauro. It is a US/ITalian co-production that was filmed aboard the actual ship! The incident occurred on international waters during the Reagan administration. The ship was hi-jacked by four Palestinians. Since it was an Italian ship, the Italian authorities were mostly responsible for the rescue of the ships passengers. Which included many Americans. However, there was debate in the White House over how or if to act with military force to rescue the hostages. This occurred over 5 years after the Iranian hostage crisis. But the memory of that long drawn out terrorist act was still fresh in the minds of the American people and the Reagan White House. The events are still poignant today for obvious reasons and the threat, still very real. One of the best things about the film is actually soundtrack original music which created by master Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. I wish Amazon would credit Music composers on the movie product pages. But as of yet they do not. Burt Lancaster and Eva Marie Saint give rare and note worthy performances towards the end of their careers. A compelling film that seems to get most of the facts correct.