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United 93 (2006) Poster

(2006)

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Anachronisms 

The UPS plane on the Newark Airport tarmac has a post-2003 logo.
In an early runway scene, a billboard for Chicken Little is in the background.
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The United logo at the gate was not in use in 2001.
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Just before Captain Jason Dahl announces a delay in take-off, an Air Canada plane taxis behind Flight 93. It's an Embraer Jet, which the airline started flying in 2005, with a 2004 color scheme.
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Near the beginning, a car arrives at the airport. A shot from the inside reveals an inspection sticker on the windshield that expires in 2004. The latest a 2001 inspection sticker could expire would have been 2002.
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During the overview of the Newark airport in the beginning, an air traffic controller wears a blue lanyard that says "Transportation Security Administration," with an American flag dafter "Transportation". 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 TSA have these lanyards for airport identification cards. An ATC could own a lanyard, as it is understandable that the lanyards would be distributed among airport operations personnel.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When auditing the recording of a transmission from American Airlines Flight 11, the reviewer repeatedly listens to the crucial portion, rewinds the tape, and listens again. The reel moves only a small fraction of a turn as the sounds play, while rewinding covers several times that distance, yet the reviewer always ends up at the same point in the recording.
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Character error 

During take-off, the curtain that divides First Class and Economy is closed. FAA regulations state that the curtain must be stowed for taxi, take-off, and landing.
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Continuity 

After takeoff, an exterior shot of the plane switches from a Boeing 757 to an Airbus A320.
In the beginning, when the hijackers are leaving their hotel room, the one in the front is wearing a horizontally striped polo shirt. In the next shot, as they are walking down the hallway, the same man is now wearing a button-down shirt and a sport coat.
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The hijacker flying the plane puts it into a steep dive. When the camera shows the passenger cabin, the plane appears to be angled upwards as if in a steep climb. The hijacker watching the passengers from near first class leans backwards, towards the cockpit, to maintain his balance, also indicating a climbing deck angle.
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During the flight, the shirt of the terrorist with the bomb strapped to his waist appears unbuttoned, then buttoned again within the same scene.
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When the captain turns off the fasten seat-belt sign, the flight attendant walks through the closed curtain, turns and closes it again, says her line at the front of the plane, and turns back towards the curtain, which is now fully open.
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Near the end, when the passengers are fighting for control of the plane, the main flight attendant appears in many shots as the passengers move to the front. Her hair is different in almost every shot.
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When United 93 is in the air, the terrorist in the back of the plane wears a brown jacket that alternates between zipped and unzipped between shots.
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Once the passengers on the plane are hear about the World Trade Center attacks, the flight attendants at the back start hearing the passengers talking and start reacting. However, the flight attendants' positions change very noticeably between shots. One is in front of the rest of the flight attendants at the back listening to the passengers, then in the far corner, tucked up against the door of the plane hiding. In the next shot, she's back to her original position.
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In the Boston ATC sequence, the radar screen shows American 11 at a flight level of 350 (35,000 ft), which alternates with a flight level of 310 between shots.
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When the hijacker rolls the plane to knock the passengers off balance, one of the flight attendants falls to the floor at the rear of the plane. In the next shot, she struggles to get up in first class. A few scenes later, she is back at the rear of the plane, getting up.
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At the start of the film, one hijacker is sitting on his bed reading the Quran. A few shots later he is praying with another hijacker. A few shots later he is back on his bed.
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After the hijackers arrive at the airport, Saeed al-Ghamdi enters the terminal twice.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the final scene, when the cabin is inverted and the oxygen masks eject from the ceiling, some of the cabin ceiling panels are missing, revealing the set's light blue and red tubes and wires.
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Errors in geography 

At the start of the movie, passengers arriving at the gate at Newark Airport are clearly at the domestic departure gates at Stansted Airport, Essex, UK. The scene includes BAA signage, seating at the gate (17), the rail link to the international departure gates (seen through the glass at the security checkpoint) and a "2 for £25" advertisement on the passenger walkway towards the gates.
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The green "running man" EXIT signs in the terminal and jetway are used in the UK, not the USA.
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Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center is in Nashua, New Hampshire, not Boston.
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When United 93 enters Cleveland Air Traffic, it says Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center is in Oberlin, Ohio, 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.
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When Sliney is at the conference room at the FAA center in Virginia, a New York state flag is visible.
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Factual errors 

Towards the end, the passengers successfully kill Ahmed Al-Haznawi and Ahmed Al-Nami before they break into the cockpit, then fight Saeed Al-Ghamdi and Ziad Jarrah over the controls just as the plane is about to crash. In real life, it is assumed that three hijackers were in the cockpit, and the hijacker who was outside the cockpit was killed.
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In the film, only two hijackers, Saeed al-Ghamdi and Ahmed al-Nami, wear red bandannas. In real life, all four hijackers wore red bandannas when United 93 was hijacked.
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The hijackers in the film have very notable North African and Iraqi accents. In real life, the hijackers were Saudi and Lebanese, with very different accents.
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In the film, the terrorists in the cockpit communicate in Arabic. In real life, they spoke English when the passengers tried to take back the plane.
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A number of passengers make phone calls from cell phones. In real life, only two people made calls from cell phones during the last few minutes of the flight: Edward Felt and CeeCee Ross Lyles. All other calls came from in-flight Airphones.
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The aircraft's interior lights come on in a deserted cabin. Moments later, the pilots walk toward the aircraft. Cabin lights can't be switched on until the flight deck turns on the power.
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In real life, Ziad Jarrah tells passengers over the intercom that a bomb is on-board and his demands have been met. He also accidentally told that message to people on the ground.
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The aircraft is labeled UA93 on Newark's Surface Movement Radar. Air Traffic Control uses ICAO codes, so the label should be UAL93. The scenes at Boston and New York centers show the correct code.
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United 93 is cleared to depart from runway 4L at Newark. However, the terminals are visible out the right side of the aircraft, indicating that it is departing on runway 22R.
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When Ben Sliney enters the control room the title 'National Air Traffic Control Center' is shown. The correct name is 'Air Traffic Control System Command Center'
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An air traffic controller refers to an "Alaskan" Airlines flight. Any air traffic controller would know that the airline is "Alaska," with no "n".
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During first officer's pre-flight walk around, the aircraft has Rolls-Royce RB211 engines. In exterior shots, the planes engines alternate between Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney. All United 757's have two distinctive Pratt & Whitney 2040 engines.
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In the beginning, when both pilots are walking to aircraft, First Officer LeRoy Homer says that he lives about an hour north of Newark. Homer lived in Marlton, New Jersey, a Philadelphia suburb about a 90 minute drive south of Newark.
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In the shots of the doors at the rear of the aircraft, the windows are small and round, which is an Airbus design. Boeing windows are the the same shape and size as the main cabin windows.
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Boston Air Traffic Control Center refers to American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175 as 'American eleven' and 'United one seventy-five.' New York Air Traffic Control Center refers to the United flight with 'heavy' succeeding the call-sign, even though both planes are Boeing 767-200s.
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In the film, Marion R. Britton hands her cell phone to fellow passenger Honor Elizabeth Waino before the passengers try to take back the plane. In real life, Lauren Grandcolas gave Waino her phone so she could call her mother.
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Revealing mistakes 

Shortly after the cockpit takeover, one shot of the fuel indicator shows that the tanks are empty.
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When the hijackers force the flight attendants to knock at the cockpit door, the little knife bends at a serious angle under one woman's chin of the woman, indicating that it's rubber.
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As Flight 93 begins its takeoff roll, only one passenger seems affected by the acceleration.
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In several scenes, the altitude indicator ("artificial horizon") shows the aircraft in a climb, while shots through the windscreen show the aircraft in a dive. The scene is shot at a downward angle, furthering the illusion of a dive.
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Even though the aircraft is being flown manually, in some scenes the Primary Flight Display shows "CMD" text, meaning the plane is still on autopilot.
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Leroy Homer was biracial. His skin is much darker in the film that it was in real life.
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