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Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. (1997)

The incredible story of the events leading up to the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the capture of the terrorists. The amazing thing is that the FBI had an informant ... See full summary »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emad Salem
Nancy Floyd
Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman
Mahmud Abouhalima
El Sayyid Nosair
Tony Gillan ...
Mohammed Salameh
Rodney Hampton-El (as Sheik Mahmud-Bey)
Ibrahim El Gabrowny
Keith Randolph Smith ...
Ray Williams (as Keith Smith)
Robert Brokaw
Assistant D.A.
Storage Facility Manager


The incredible story of the events leading up to the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the capture of the terrorists. The amazing thing is that the FBI had an informant among the terrorists, but refused to pay him $500/wk for more information. They eventually had to pay $1 million and place him in the witness protection program. A story of incompetence on all sides. Written by Bob Farnsworth

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No one expected a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. But many could have prevented it. See more »


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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Path to Paradise  »

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1.33 : 1
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The film also featured a connection with the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane on November 5, 1990. El Sayyid Nosair, the alleged assassin, was sentenced to 22 years in Attica State Prison in New York. It was later revealed that Nosair was linked to Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman where he was charged with terror conspiracy and sentenced to life imprisonment in November 1995. Nosair, while in prison in Attica, did involve himself in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the failed New York City landmark bomb plot and during his November 1995 trial, Nosair's relatives were receiving funds to pay off his legal defense fees from Osama Bin Laden - the latter of whom the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. See more »


John Anticev: [reading Nosair's diary] "We will demoralize the enemies of Allah, by destroying and blowing up the pillars of their civilization". - translator says this is Islamic poetry.
Lou Napoli: Doesn't rhyme.
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Referenced in The Path to 9/11 (2006) See more »


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Written by Syd Dale
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What can you say about this movie, in light of what happened since
23 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

We'll never see this movie broadcast by HBO in the near future if at all. If anyone somehow comes across it in a video store just grab it before someone else does, because I doubt if it ever will be re-released again.

An unbelievable and timely movie about the first attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993 and how the government agencies who's job it is to identify and stop terrorists from doing harm and damage to American citizens and American property completely fell down on the job and unwittingly allowed it to happen.

Bone chilling since we all know now that the terrorists who were apprehended at the end of the movie weren't going to be the end of our nightmare that resurfaced on September 11, 2001.

The film brought out everything that went wrong back in 1992-93 that allowed that first tragedy at the WTC to happen. Still it took another eight years to realize that we should have learned from that first WTC attack to be more vigilant and ready to prevent the second and far more devastating assault on the World Trade Center to happen. I found this movie harder to watch after the events of 9/11 then the video of the attacks of 9/11 themselves.

All I can say about this film is don't watch it alone. The very ending itself is so powerful as well as prophetic that it would leave you in a state of shock in knowing what we know today and possibly in need to have someone who's with you, but not watching the movie, to call for medical attention.

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