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A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider's view, through the lens of two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan that one day. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Tony Benatatos ... Himself
Jamal Braithwaite ... Himself

Steve Buscemi ... Himself in TV Broadcast

Joseph Casaliggi ... Himself

Robert De Niro ... Himself - Host in TV Broadcast

James Hanlon ... Himself

Gédéon Naudet ... Himself

Jules Naudet ... Himself
Joseph Pfeifer ... Himself
Tom Spinard ... Himself
Dennis Tardio ... Himself

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mychal Judge ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
James Hanlon 
Gédéon Naudet 
Jules Naudet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Forman 
Greg Kandra 

Produced by
Richard Barber .... producer
Graydon Carter .... executive producer
Tom Forman .... senior producer
David Friend .... executive producer
Hal Gessner .... supervising producer
James Hanlon .... executive producer
Paul Larossa .... producer
Michael Maloy .... producer
Gédéon Naudet .... executive producer
Jules Naudet .... executive producer
Sinead O'Mara .... associate producer
Bruce Spiegel .... producer
Mead Stone .... producer
Susan Zirinsky .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Fiocca 
Cinematography by
James Hanlon 
Gédéon Naudet 
Jules Naudet 
Film Editing by
Richard Barber 
Michael Maloy 
Jason Schmidt 
Bruce Spiegel 
Mead Stone 
Sound Department
John Bowen .... sound editor
Danny Caccavo .... sound re-recording mixer
Neil Cedar .... sound editor
Philippe Desloovere .... sound editor
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
John Hassler .... sound
Grant Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray Palagy .... sound editor
Tony Pipitone .... sound editor
Tony Slocum .... sound editor
James David Redding III .... sound technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Molloy .... smoke artist
Visual Effects by
John Molloy .... fx artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Muhlstock .... Steadicam operator
Editorial Department
Neal Kassner .... colorist
Music Department
Richard Fiocca .... orchestrator
Lisa Gerrard .... composer: song "Sacrifice"
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Michael S. Patterson .... orchestrator
Other crew
Anthony Flynn .... director of security: special edition re-release
Anthony Flynn .... location assistant: special edition re-release
Christopher George .... associate director
Rob Klug .... post production director
Daisy Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Ronan Tynan .... special thanks

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112 min | USA:128 min (video version) | Argentina:131 min
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Did You Know?

This documentary contains what was believed to be the only footage of the first plane crashing into Tower One of the World Trade Center. However, an amateur video released to the press in September 2003 showed another angle of the crash.See more »
Factual errors: When firefighter Tony Benatatos is angrily commenting about the attack on the Pentagon, the clock above him reads exactly 9:30. The attack on the Pentagon did not occur until 9:37.See more »
Robert DeNiro:There's a saying in the fire service: When you go too long without any fires, be prepared: Something big is coming.See more »
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Referenced in TV's Most Censored Moments (2002) (TV)See more »
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49 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
A must see...not just for Americans, 12 April 2006
Author: donstuie from Melbourne, Australia

I was one of many that expected to see a glorified, Yankee-doodle dandy portrayal of a day that (as famously quoted) should live in infamy, rather than glory. How wrong I was. These guys were there, right in the middle of it, and the pictures they returned are both amazing and heartbreaking. And yet it all occurred on a chance trip to the world trade centre on September 11, 2001.

Two French filmmakers were compiling a documentary about life as a NY firefighter, particularly from the perspective of a young rookie coming up through the ranks. At the beginning we see much of this footage, just to remind us that there was no thought to producing a film about terrorism. This was intended to be a film about regular people earning an honest living helping others, and the beauty of the film is that it never loses this edge.

While investigating a suspect gas line (I think, my memory's a little hazy on that), we suddenly hear a plane fly overhead. The camera pans up to reveal a commercial jet torpedoing itself into one of the towers. What must the cameraman have been thinking at this time? Recognising the importance of the footage the camera stays on, and possibly realizing the same thing, the FDNY allow the camera to follow them into the building.

What follows is a true view from the front-lines. We see the commitment of the FDNY, their reactions (the stunned silence after hearing the first person fall to their death is chilling) as well as the collapse of the one of the buildings from the inside, while a second camera captures the events from the outside.

If it wasn't for the horrific event they were covering, the footage alone would be any young doco-maker's dream come true. Quite simply, the footage deserves to be preserved for all time. But what really sets this film apart is the genuine humanity that it brings to the viewer. We see firefighters charging in without hesitation, people of different races helping one another escape to wave of rubble and even the concern of the filmmakers for one another (they are brothers) as they cannot reach one another in the confusion. There are amazing sights as well as amazing human stories in this film, something Hollywood could never duplicate (even though it's trying).

9/11 isn't a film about politics. Nor is it a film about religion, nationality or even jihad for that matter. 9/11 is a film about people, and a true indication of the best and worst that we are capable of. 9/11 is quite simply one of the most important films I've ever seen, and would be the only film to be born from this event if it were up to me. You can't duplicate this.

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