The Death of Klinghoffer

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In this adaptation of the John Adams opera based on historical events, several armed Palestine Liberation Organization operatives hijack the Achille Lauro cruise ship and hold its passengers hostage. The ship's captain (Christopher Maltman) unsuccessfully tries to reason with the terrorists; meanwhile, Leon Klinghoffer (Sanford Sylvan), a wheelchair-bound Jewish captive, takes a bolder approach by passionately challenging the ideals of Molqui (Tom Randle), one of the head hijackers.

Cast & Crew

Yvonne Howard
Marilyn Klinghoffer
Tom Randle
Molqui
Susan Bickley
Omar's Singing Voice
Vivian Tierney
Swiss Grandmother
Dean Robinson
First Officer
Alice Goodman
Writer (Libretto)
Yan Younghusband
Executive Producer
Graham Smith
Cinematographer
Brand Thumim
Film Editor
Nadira Seecoomar
Casting
John Ellis
Production Designer
Claire Anderson
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Death of Klinghoffer

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  • 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…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | 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

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