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February 12, 1989

As terrorism increases around the world, so it seems to have surged as the theme of prime-time TV productions.

"The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro," a new TV movie airing Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC, is the latest example. It recounts the 1985 terrorist takeover of a luxury cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

Karl Malden and Lee Grant play the pivotal roles as wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer and his wife, Marilyn. They were among the American passengers asserting themselves against the four terrorists, who ultimately took the life of Leon Klinghoffer.

"The incident," says Grant, "shocked the world because of the terrorists' brutality. They tried to strip the hostages of their humanity but were instead faced with defiance."

"The passengers, inspired by the personal strength of the Klinghoffers and other Americans," she added, "refused to surrender their dignity. It was a very human triumph."

Also in the cast of writer-director Robert Collins' movie are Vera Miles, E.G. Marshall, Christina Pickles and Susan Lyons.

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