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World Trade Center (2006)

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Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.


Oliver Stone


Andrea Berloff, John McLoughlin (true story) | 3 more credits »
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... John McLoughlin
Maria Bello ... Donna McLoughlin
Connor Paolo ... Steven McLoughlin
Anthony Piccininni ... JJ McLoughlin
Alexa Gerasimovich ... Erin McLoughlin
Morgan Flynn ... Caitlin McLoughlin
Michael Peña ... Will Jimeno
Armando Riesco ... Antonio Rodrigues
Jay Hernandez ... Dominick Pezzulo
Joe Starr ... Subway Rider
Jon Bernthal ... Christopher Amoroso
William Jimeno ... Port Authority Officer (as Will Jimeno)
Nick Damici ... Lieutenant Kassimatis
Jude Ciccolella ... Inspector Fields
Martin Pfefferkorn ... Homeless Addict #1


On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to save them. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,730,762, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The first movie partnership of Maria Bello and Stephen Dorff. The second film they share is Carjacked (2011). See more »


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A Great Drama
28 July 2006 | by imajestrSee all my reviews

I saw an advanced screening of World Trade Center last night, and I was very impressed. I went into it unbiased, deciding that I would indeed like to hear the story of what happened to the two officers this movie is about, and I would take it for what it is, regardless of whether or not people think it's still too soon.

This is a very moving and intense look at the story of the officers' ordeal as well as what their families had to go through. Of course, the viewer is reminded of a lot that happened on that day, and it is disturbing, sad, and angering just as the real events were. However, the movie makes no attempt at all to explain what happened or give some great message to the world about terrorism, government, or war. It's more of a character study and simply a look at a terrible event from several perspectives.

The acting is superb, and I have more respect for Nicholas Cage after this movie than I did going into it. There are some very intense moments, and moments that, as I've said, are angering and disturbing, but not to make the viewer want to walk away, but simply to be angry that these events had to occur in the first place.

Thankfully, there are several moments of humor throughout the movie, to give the viewer a break perhaps, but they work well.

I gave this movie a 7 out of 10 because the writing at times was not all that it could have been, especially some of the dialogue. Overall, the acting is great and the characters feel real, but in some scenes you may feel like the sentimentality is being forced and doesn't feel genuine.

I will recommend this movie to people who are not dead set against it, or someone who is just looking for exactly what it is: a movie made for entertainment and as a tribute to those that died.

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