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DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003)

This is the story of the days directly after 9/11, and the president's whereabouts.

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Lionel Chetwynd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... President George W. Bush
John Cunningham ... Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
David Fonteno ... Secretary of State Colin Powell
Gregory Itzin ... Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Condoleezza Rice
Stephen Macht ... Paul Wolfowitz
Mary Gordon Murray Mary Gordon Murray ... Laura Bush
Lawrence Pressman ... Vice President Dick Cheney
Scott Alan Smith ... Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
George Takei ... Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card
Myron Natwick ... Paul O'Neill
Allan Royal ... Karl Rove
Carolyn Scott ... Karen Hughes
Chuck Shamata ... Shelton
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Scheduled to air shortly before the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, DC 9/11 takes an inside look at the Bush Administration, beginning with the day of the attacks, and following the President's journey to Ground Zero, culminating with his now famous national address nine days after the attacks. The film covers the many difficult decisions and tasks faced by the President and his staff as they were challenged by the possibility of the "first war of the 21st Century." Eschewing their own feelings and healing process, the President and his team instead tended to the needs of a wounded country. Based on real life accounts the docudrama will interweave actual footage from these haunting events. Written by Showtime Networks Inc.

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Dance See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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John Cunningham, who portrays Donald Rumsfeld, actually attended Yale University with Rumsfeld. See more »

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A Very Pleasant Surprise
10 September 2003 | by chaffsSee all my reviews

When I first saw the promo for this movie, I didn't think it would be worth watching; first, because cable (even premium channel) original movies are seldom good, and second, because I assumed a movie about 9/11 would be filled with anti-Bush sentiment (Hollywood being overrun with crazy leftists and all.)

I began watching, expecting to turn it off in ten minutes. However, the movie turned out to be a diamond in the rough, a very pleasant surprise.

Of course, the cast is certainly not A-list (they seem to have been cast mainly for their resemblances to administration members--John Cunningham in particular being Rummy's doppelganger). However, I can't think of one person in the cast who didn't turn a passionate, stirring, and accurate performance; from David Fonteno's tentative Colin Powell to Allen Coates's condescending Senator Byrd. These actors have certainly done their homework.

Given that this movie, in premium channel style, will probably be played ad nauseam over the next few months, everyone will have plenty of chance to see it, and see it they should. Though it's rather weak praise, it's probably the best cable-tv original movie I've ever seen.


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