Shootdown (film)

Shootdown is a 1988 American made-for-television drama film starring Angela Lansbury. Leonard Hill served as the executive producer.

Written byJudy Merl
Paul Eric Myers
Directed byMichael Pressman
StarringAngela Lansbury
George Coe
Kyle Secor
Molly Hagan
Jennifer Savidge
Music byCraig Safan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Leonard Hill
Robert O'Connor
Producer(s)Judy Merl
Paul Eric Myers
CinematographyWilliam Wages
Editor(s)Daniel Cahn
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Leonard Hill Films
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseNovember 28, 1988 (1988-11-28)


In the film, Nan Moore (Lansbury) loses her son in the Korean Air Lines Flight 007 disaster. She wishes to discover the truth about her son's death.



The film's production was delayed due to controversies surrounding the KAL007 incident. NBC subjected the film to various cuts and rewrites. Producer Leonard Hill said that NBC’s censors "played the role of grand inquisitor. It was quite a relentless interrogation and it turned into a war of attrition." The network deleted dialogue that criticized the U.S. government for using the incident for its own political purposes, and specific criticisms of the Reagan administration were likewise repressed. Consequently, the film made no mention of the U.S. Air Force destroying all radar tapes after the incident, nor that the Korea pilot Captain Chun took out a grand sum of insurance the night before the flight. The network also insisted that Seymour Hersh’s view that the aeroplane had simply drifted into Soviet airspace be inserted into the film.[1]


  1. Farber, Stephen (November 27, 1988). "Why Sparks Flew in Retelling the Tale of Flight 007". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
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