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United 93 (2006)

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

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On September 11, 2001, two American Airlines and two United Airlines domestic U.S. flights are hijacked by terrorists. After the collision of two planes against the World Trade Center and one against the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against the four terrorists to take back the control of the airplane. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked. Three of them reached their target. This is the story of the fourth. See more »


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Rated R for language, and some intense sequences of terror and violence (appeal planned) | See all certifications »

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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,017,733 (Germany) (8 January 2006)

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$31,567,134 (USA)
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Trivia

The controversial portrayal of real German passenger, Christian Adams, as cowardly and resisting confrontation was not in the shooting script. German actor, Erich Redman, convinced the director that a "cautious" German of this age like Adams would not think first of heroic action movie rebellion but of the 1977 terrorist hijacking of a German plane in Mogadishu in which passengers complied and then were all rescued. See more »

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During the overview of the Newark airport in the beginning, an air-traffic controller can be seen wearing a blue lanyard displaying, "Transportation Security Administration" with an American flag displayed after "Transportation". These were issued post-September 11, 2001 as the Transportation Security Administration was formed under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which was signed into law on November 19, 2001. Most 2001 roll-out supervisors at the TSA have these lanyards for airport identification cards. An ATC could own a lanyard as it is understandable that the lanyards would be distributed throughout the airport operations personnel. See more »

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[first lines]
Ahmed Al Haznawi: [subtitled Arabic] Ziad. It's time.
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The very last line of closing credits states that the movie was "not sponsored by, or in any way affiliated with, United Airlines." See more »

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Understated but powerful
28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie approaches an incredibly sensitive subject in an entirely appropriate manner: with subtlety and understatement.

The actors look like real people and talk like real people talk. There are no dramatic exclamations. Even the signature "Let's roll" line is stated almost in passing without any special significance being brought to it. The movie was utterly convincing in portraying how real people would have responded. There were no Bruce Willis or Wesley Snipe types amongst the passengers; they were ordinary folk in extraordinary situations, responding the best way they could.

Kudos to the filmmakers for not allowing this to become an overwrought melodrama. Instead, we saw a glimpse into the confusion and pain of people in the middle of the events of 9/11. Because it was understated, because it felt real, the impact was much stronger and gut-wrenching.


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