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Ned Curren (written by)
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14 June 1997 (USA) See more »
No one expected a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. But many could have prevented it. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Peter Gallagher ... John Anticev

Art Malik ... Ramzi Ahmed Yousef

Ned Eisenberg ... Emad Salem

Marcia Gay Harden ... Nancy Floyd

Andreas Katsulas ... Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman

Paul Guilfoyle ... Lou Napoli

Mike Starr ... Mahmud Abouhalima

Shaun Toub ... El Sayyid Nosair
Tony Gillan ... Mohammed Salameh
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Rodney Hampton-El (as Sheik Mahmud-Bey)

Joe Zaloom ... Ibrahim El Gabrowny
Keith Randolph Smith ... Ray Williams (as Keith Smith)

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Robert Brokaw

Allison Janney ... Assistant D.A.

Mike O'Malley ... Storage Facility Manager
Granville Hatcher ... Nidal Ayyad
Christopher McCann ... Ahmad Ajaj
Ron Brice ... Siddig Ibrahim Siddig Ali
Anne Lange ... Female Attorney

Peter McRobbie ... Male Attorney
Angela Pietropinto ... Ayyad's Secretary
Gus Rogerson ... Storage Facility Assistant Manager

Marcus Giamatti ... Agent Atkinson

Sam Coppola ... Bob Kirkpatrick

John Randolph Jones ... Bob Macko

Marlene Forte ... Monica Smith

Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Steven Knapp

Manny Siverio ... Carlos Acosta
Larry Attile ... Truck Rental Clerk
John Bahr ... Hotel Doorman
Jere Shea ... Explosives Expert
Bob Freschi ... INS Inspector
Richard Topol ... Agent Adams
Tom Nelis ... Agent Jones

Jason Antoon ... Nosair's Phone Pal

Al Espinosa ... WTC Maintenance Worker

Damian Young ... Crab Nebula Guy
Richmond Hoxie ... Mark Cozin

Carmen López ... Martha Morales (as Carmen Lopez)

Nasser Faris ... Militant Worshipper (as Al Faris)
Armand Dahan ... Neighbor #1

Gloria Irizarry ... Neighbor #2
Fanni Green ... Paramedic
Jalil Jay Lynch ... Taxi Driver
Laurie Kennedy ... FBI Receptionist
Jill Abramovitz ... TV Reporter
Andrew Weems ... Chemical Salesman
Christopher Loomis Brown ... Airline Official

Michael Badalucco ... State Trooper

Peter Van Wagner ... INS Supervisor

Lisa Renee Pitts ... Susan Bethom

Joseph McKenna ... Chemical Truck Driver
Jon DeVries ... U.S. Attorney (as John DeVries)
A.L. Sheppard ... WTC Van Driver (as Al Sheppard)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tesia Brooks ... Little Girl in Kitchen

Tom Detrik ... Immigrant (uncredited)

Adrian Lee ... Turnpike Witness (uncredited)
Vincent J. Mazella ... Terrorist (uncredited)

Donn Swaby ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Leslie Libman 
Larry Williams 
Writing credits
Ned Curren (written by)

Produced by
Cary Brokaw .... executive producer
Amy J. Kaufman .... producer (as Amy Kaufman)
Alasdair Palmer .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mitchell Froom 
Cinematography by
Jean de Segonzac (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cindy Mollo 
Casting by
Stephanie Corsalini 
Meg Simon 
Production Design by
Thérèse DePrez 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
Set Decoration by
Alexandra Mazur 
Costume Design by
Ellen Lutter 
Makeup Department
Joe Cuervo .... key makeup artist
Bobby H. Grayson .... key hair designer
Production Management
Judith Blume .... post-production supervisor
Jane Nerlinger Evans .... production supervisor
Amy J. Kaufman .... unit production manager (as Amy Kaufman)
Joe Lazarov .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Booth .... second second assistant director
Noga Isackson .... first assistant director
Mary Rae Thewlis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joel Barkow .... assistant propmaster
Stuart Berkowitz .... art department intern
John Bruce .... art department coordinator
Laurie F. Cohen .... charge scenic (as Laurie Frederick Cohen)
Midge Duffy .... set dresser
Douglas Fecht .... leadman (as Doug Fecht)
Gregory Fecht .... set dresser (as Greg Fecht)
Megan Gardner .... set dresser
Jill Ginsberg .... art department intern
Derrick Kardos .... art department coordinator
Andrew Lassman .... propmaster
Kevin Locke .... scenic foreman
Kevin Mahon .... set dresser
Ron Mingalone .... set dresser
Christine Prokopchuk .... art department intern
Bryan Siegal .... art department intern
Chad Tucker .... art department production assistant
Rachael Weinzimer .... first assistant props
Ford Wheeler .... associate set decorator
Misho Stawnychy .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Andre Bacha .... sound editor
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Kelly Cabral .... supervising adr editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
O.J. Connell III .... cable person
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Rickley W. Dumm .... first assistant sound editor (as Rick Dumm)
Eric Flickinger .... sound re-recording engineer
Mark Hollingsworth .... sound editor
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Lamberti .... sound editor
Gerry Lentz .... sound re-recording mixer
Perry Robertson .... sound editor
Joe Romano .... cable person (as Joseph Romano)
Scott Sanders .... sound editor
Jackson Schwartz .... adr mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Norto Sepulveda .... sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Scott Wolf .... sound design editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer: New York (as Paul Zydel)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark McBryde .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Kunz .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Darrall Garcia .... digital assistant editor
Kimaree Long .... digital assistant editor
Julie Lucas .... digital assistant editor
Paul Rutan Jr. .... optical camera supervisor
Bill Anagnos .... stunt player
Paul Bucossi .... stunt player
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Norman Douglass .... stunt player
Roy Farfel .... stunt player
Tim Gallin .... stunt player
Bruce Smolanoff .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... electrician (as William Almeida)
James Bartolomeo .... second second assistant camera (as Jim Bartolomeo)
Albert Bassi .... camera trainee
Michael J. Betzag .... best boy grip
Edward Cohen .... best boy electrician
Frank G. DeMarco .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Frank DeMarco)
Osa Elmfors .... second second assistant camera (as Osa Elmfurs)
Mai Iskander .... camera trainee
Thomas Jirgal .... key grip (as Thomas 'Casey' Jirgal)
Eric Liebowitz .... still photographer
Michael Marzovilla .... unit gaffer
Andy Niceberg .... generator operator
Robert T. Prate .... dolly grip (as Robert Prate)
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera
Adam Smelin .... video playback operator
Joshua Spring .... gaffer
Jay Stuart .... grip
Donald Sweeney .... aerial camera operator (as Don Sweeney)
David Thompson .... second assistant camera
Howard Weiner .... video playback operator
'Big Daddy' Williams .... camera operator: Bolex camera
Josh Spring .... gaffer (uncredited)
David J. Thompson .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maria Mileaf .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dana Campbell .... costume supervisor (as Dana M. Campbell)
Chuck Casey .... set costumer (as Charles 'Chuck' Casey II)
Michael DiFonzo .... costumer
Sharon Graham .... costumer
Sharon Graham .... seamstress
Suzanne McCabe .... assistant costume designer
Kirsten Mogg .... costumer
Editorial Department
Al Azowie .... color timer
Laura Congleton .... assistant editor: New York
John Dobrich .... negative cutter
Pamela March .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Heath Weaver .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Eszter Balint .... music consultant
Ted Blaisdell .... additional music mixer
Adam Gorgoni .... composer: additional music
Adam Gorgoni .... orchestrator
Shelly Hogan .... music clearances
Helena Lea .... music editor
Jonathan Palmer .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Robert Buckman .... driver
Thomas Michael Devaney .... driver
Tom Heilig .... transportation captain
Robert Johnson .... driver
Thomas McGoldrick .... driver
Vic Nowak .... driver (as Wictor Nowak)
Joseph Paprota .... driver
Dan Paustian .... transportation co-captain
Timothy Paustian .... driver
Gary Qualles .... driver
Quinlan Sullivan .... driver
Other crew
Jessica Abrams .... assistant to producer
Dorit Avnir .... production assistant
Chad Blake .... field recording
Maureen A. Bryan .... production assistant
John Butera .... intern
Dallas Caskey .... craft service
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
Tim Downs .... production assistant (as Timothy Downs)
Esmee .... assistant: Ms. Libman and Mr. Williams
Eric Fisher .... production assistant
Mary Gambardella .... script supervisor
Yolanda Geralds .... production assistant
Steve Gilbaud .... payroll clerk
Alex Gonzalez .... intern
Alan Grabelsky .... vice president production
Hans Graffunder .... assistant production coordinator
Lizz Grant .... production coordinator
Mick Haggerty .... title designer
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator (as Jon Johnson)
Jomo .... key set production assistant
Kenneth M. Kroll .... production accountant
Tera Kuntz .... assistant: Ms. Libman and Mr. Williams
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
Maura Naughton .... intern
Evan O'Neill .... production assistant
Jenna Perrin .... craft service
Carla Raij .... assistant location manager
Mark Roberts .... location assistant
Jeff Shannon .... office production assistant
Julianne Siege .... assistant to executive producer
Keith Silberg .... production secretary
Susan Strine .... assistant accountant
Samantha Vandervier .... intern
Jeff Woodton .... production assistant
Jamie H. Zelermyer .... intern (as Jamie Zelermyer)
Eve Applebaum .... location assistant (uncredited)
Larry Donahue .... chef (uncredited)
John D. Genovese .... assistant to production executive (uncredited)
P.J. Haines .... assistant chef (uncredited)
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator (uncredited)
Peter Leokum .... special thanks
David W. Schoner Jr. .... special thanks (as David Schoner)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some violence and language
91 min
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This film has not been aired on HBO in the USA since 9/11/2001, but it has been shown on HBO Canada, and was released on DVD in the US June 5, 2007.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Those Who Can Not Learn From The Past Are Doomed To Relive It, 29 May 2009
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

Having finally been able to get the DVD of this 1997 HBO film, is at down to watch it. By the time I finished it the old saying "those who can not learn from the past are doomed to relive it" was echoing in the mind. First shown four years after the first bombing of the twin towers (and four years before the events of 9/11) Path To Paradise reveals the series of close encounters, blunders and official in-decisions that led to the first bombing of the twin towers and the lessons we should have learned from them.

Path To Paradise features a nice cast of believable actors. Peter Gallagher and Marcia Gay Harden lead the cast as FBI agents John Anticev and Nancy Floyd who face not only the threats of terrorism but the lack of official interest from their superiors along with their NYPD counterpart Lou Napoli (Paul Guilfoyle). Art Malik, Andreas Katsulas, Shaun Toub and Tony Gillan are among those who plan and carry out the attack all of whom play their roles not as potential clichés but as real living people and make the film all the better for it. Of special mention is Ned Eisenberg as Emad Salem the man whom, if it had not been for skeptical FBI officials, could have potentially informed on the plot.

The film is also well produced. Despite being made for cable this film doesn't feel like a low-budget film at all with its production values particularly in its sets and New York City locations. The film's fascinating cinematography gives the film an almost documentary style at times. When all of these elements are combined with the script it all helps to give the film a sense of reality which makes the events taking place all the more disturbing.

The most disturbing thing about he film is its script. The events of the film are true (minus some dramatic license which is always necessary) and in hindsight are made even more shocking then they must have been when the film was first shown twelve years ago. The film reveals just how a group of men were able to smuggle a bomb into the World Trade Center. They did so thanks to the lack of Arabic translators, government agencies failing to pass information to each other, the FBI ignoring leads from a source and police departments being unable to pick up on clues. Worse then investigators inabilities to connect dots is the fact that many of these same things not only allowed the 9.11 attacks to take place but in some cases (such as the lack of translators) are issues that continue even today. Even more chilling is the ending which really did happen and looks all too prophetic today.

Path To Paradise is a film that should be essential viewing today. The film is not only well acted and produced but teaches us a lesson we should have learned sooner. The lesson of the film? That those who can not learn from the past are doomed to relive it. If you can find this film then watch it and learn from it.

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