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The Hamburg Cell (2004)

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A fictionalized account of the September 11 hijackers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maral Kamel ...
Mohammed Atta (as Kamel)
Aysel (as Agni Tsangaridou)
Ramzi bin al Shibh
Kamel Boutros ...
Mohammed Atta (as Kamel)
Tamer Doghem ...
Omar El-Saeidi ...
Mark Clifton ...
Flight Simulation Instructor
Salim (as Navíd Akhavan)
Joel Kirby ...
FBI Agent
Pan Am Instructor


Ziad Jarrah, a young Lebonese man from a good family goes to Germany to attend college and starts dating a Turkish girl named Aysel. Although not very religious and accustomed to Western ways, Ziad becomes "brothers" with some fundamentalist Muslims and is slowly drawn into becoming "a Good Muslim". Mohamed Atta and others instill Ziad with a hatred of Jews and "Infidels", which leads to a desire for Jihad and martyrdom. He moves to Hamburg to study aeronautical engineering, attends an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, and deceives his girlfriend and family about his involvement. He eventually attends flight school in Florida with Atta and others, waiting for and preparing for "the big wedding" (the 9/11 attack). Meanwhile, US government and law enforcement officials fail to act despite believing that a major terrorist attack is imminent, and despite noticing a number of suspicious persons involved in flight training. Written by TimeNTide

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Also Known As:

A hamburgi sejt  »

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When Zaid Jarrah is stopped by the Police he is supposed to be in Maryland, but if you look behind the officer you will see a sign for 57th Ave Red Road which is in Miami. See more »


Ziad Jarrah: [On a cell phone] I'm at the departure lounge.
Marwan Shehhi: Me too.
Ziad Jarrah: Our time has come at last...
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Matter of fact, documentary-style.
19 January 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I like the fact that this film is non-Hollywood in it's delivery. It's unglamorous, but still quite sophisticated in capturing the monochromatic lives of the terrorists-to-be. It presents a concise timeline of events in a pointed and deliberate manner. It doesn't pretend to be absolute or correct, and it knows it's an estimation of how things might have went down.

Inevitably, Hollywood will roll out its own 9/11 films and they will be glossy and full of big budget bloat, but this humble effort will remain as testament to the idea that a simple film can be as compelling and inviting to interpretation without the need for dramatic flair and elaborate crane rigs.

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