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The Hamburg Cell (2004)

A fictionalized account of the September 11 hijackers.

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Antonia Bird
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karim Saleh ... Ziad Jarrah
Maral Kamel Maral Kamel ... Mohammed Atta (as Kamel)
Agni Scott ... Aysel (as Agni Tsangaridou)
Omar Berdouni ... Ramzi bin al Shibh
Adnan Maral ... Marwan Shehhi
Kamel Boutros Kamel Boutros ... Mohammed Atta (as Kamel)
Tamer Doghem Tamer Doghem ... Zacarias Moussaoui
Khalid Laith ... Abdul Aziz AlOmari
Nasser Memarzia ... Assem
Omar El-Saeidi Omar El-Saeidi ... Said al Ghamdi
Bassem Breish ... Yasser
Mark Clifton Mark Clifton ... Flight Simulation Instructor
Navid Navid ... Salim (as Navíd Akhavan)
Joel Kirby Joel Kirby ... FBI Agent
Clayton Nemrow ... Pan Am Instructor
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic | German

Release Date:

10 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hamburgi sejt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

During the earlier flight training in the Cessna they showed the terrorist in the right seat. During flight instruction, the flight instructor always sits on the right and the student on the left (pilot's seat). See more »

Quotes

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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Forsaken
Performed by Bill Anschell Jazz Unit
Written by Bill Anschell
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24 November 2006 | by wrlangSee all my reviews

The Hamburg Cell is a docudrama about the cell of Muslim fundamentalists that conducted the 9/11 attack. It starts about 5 years before 9/11 and follows many of the pilots in their efforts to get flight training and covers what was going on in some of their private lives. Not sure how much of it was accurate, seemed pretty realistic to me. Most seemed to just be looking for some fulfillment in their lives, but chose an extreme way to get it. It also shows the missteps, in hindsight, by US law enforcement agencies as these people could have been caught many times during their training. I don't think it really explained the reasons the terrorists chose to conduct their attack, but I guess we will never really know all the facts behind it. Technically a good film with few continuity errors and some good cinematography. The acting seemed a little hollow.


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