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9/11 (2002)

TV-PG | | Documentary | TV Movie 10 March 2002
A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider's view, through the lens of James Hanlon and two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan that one day.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Benatatos Tony Benatatos ... Himself
Jamal Braithwaite Jamal Braithwaite ... Himself
Steve Buscemi ... Himself in TV Broadcast
Joe Casaliggi ... Himself (as Joseph Casaliggi)
Robert De Niro ... Himself - Host in TV Broadcast
James Hanlon ... Himself
Gédéon Naudet ... Himself
Jules Naudet ... Himself
Joseph Pfeifer Joseph Pfeifer ... Himself
Tom Spinard Tom Spinard ... Himself
Dennis Tardio Dennis Tardio ... Himself
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Storyline

On September 11, 2001, filmmaker James Hanlon and Jules and Gedeon Naudet were filming a documentary on a rookie New York City firefighter when they noticed a plane overhead. That plane would hit the World Trade Center. They rushed immediately to the scene. James Hanlon and the Naudets filmed throughout Sept. 11 and the days afterward from the firemen's perspective, as it became clear to them that this was the only known footage from inside the Twin Towers that day. Written by Brian Henke <Cincy43235@aol.com>

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Documentary

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

11/9 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The camera that Gideon is operating captures then mayor Rudy Giuliani walking north on Broadway with his staff and news cameras. The footage was shot while riding down to the World Trade Center with off-duty firemen in a pickup truck. See more »

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Quotes

[addressing a classroom full of rookie firemen]
Instructor: When you get out there, it's the real world. Don't be no hot-dog, show-off jerk. Pay attention to the senior men, and do what you're told.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version omits the scenes where Robert DeNiro and Steve Buscemi talk about the attacks. In the original broadcast version, just before the first plane hits, we hear James Hanlon say "It was 8:46 in the morning. That's when this stopped even resembling a normal day." On the DVD, the second sentence is replaced with a line from Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer, commenting on how you don't usually hear planes fly that low in Manhattan. See more »

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Referenced in TV's Most Censored Moments (2002) See more »

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A dose of reality
6 September 2003 | by barryweirSee all my reviews

Too many of us feast off of the world Hollywood feeds us and we convince ourselves in our comfortable western world that we are safe and secure and have a right to a privileged life.

9/11 is a film everyone should see. It hits home the reality of the world that we live in. It shows us what humanity is capable of, that is the capability to be both devastatingly evil and selflessly charitable. The film shows us the very definition of the good people of our world, the bad, the innocent and the guilty.

New York holds a special place in my heart. I travel there whenever I can. I have had good times there. The last time I was at the WTC was a mere 5 months before the attack. I remember standing on the roof and enjoying the view of the Hudson River on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Whenever I watch 9/11 on DVD I sometimes find it difficult to accept that the very same place is shown falling apart and in flames.

I had a cousin in the WTC of the day of the attacks. He was on the 92nd floor. Suffice it to say he did not survive. I was foolish enough not to see him the last time I was at the WTC. I will regret not doing so until he day I die.

I forced myself to watch this documentary on the anniversary last year. I shall do so again on the second anniversary this coming Thursday. For me watching the events take place in this film really drives home for me the tragedy that happened that day to my cousin's family, my family, the city that I love, the United States, and even my own country, which was deeply affected. To me it it reminded me of why we must make the most of what we have in life because the are others in he world who have been less fortunate and we don't frankly know whether or not tomorrow will be our last day.

Six months after the attacks I returned to Ground Zero. As emotional an experience as it was it did not affect me as much as this film. This is a must see film. It is a film about everyday people. It is a film about the strength of human spirit in those people. It is a film that will make you feel sick, make you cry and leave you silent when it ends. However, it will also make you appreciate the value of life.


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