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The Death of Klinghoffer (2003)




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The Death of Klinghoffer is a cinematic adaptation of the opera of the same name. The film concerns the infamous 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, an event that brought about the death of a passenger named Leon Klinghoffer. Penny Woolcock directed this adaptation.


Sanford Sylvan
as Leon Klinghoffer
Yvonne Howard
as Marilyn Klinghoffer
Tom Randle
as Molqui
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Critic Reviews for The Death of Klinghoffer

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Sellars' original staging was a stylized, almost pageant-like affair, which allowed the creators to claim descent for the piece from Bach's Passions. Without that fig leaf, the ugliness at the heart of the work ... becomes all the more apparent.

October 31, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Woolcock mostly makes the film work visually -- she's excellent at the pointed close-up and frenzied camera movements.

April 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Uses the film medium to amplify the sense of the historic sweep of events and the tragedy of conflict amongst peoples for a safe haven on an ever shrinking, ever more contentious planet.

April 18, 2003

Jolting, imaginative adaptation of the John Adams opera, though some people may be bothered by the film's aggressive anti-Israeli political message.

April 3, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

While the opera The Death of Klinghoffer seems like a dubious enough proposition to begin with, turning that opera into a movie was just an all around bad idea.

February 10, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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