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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 »
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A True Story Of Courage And Survival See more »

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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Viola Davis appears in the film as the mother of the elevator operator at one of the Towers, talking to Maria Bello in the hospital. Viola also appeared in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), which was another film involving 9/11, playing Abby Black, the first person that Tom Hanks' son meets on his journey to find what that key fits. See more »


In a couple shots of Will Jimeno (who is pinned under heavy concrete slabs) the concrete slabs visibly rise and fall with his shallow breathing. See more »


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Moving, but uneven, experience
11 August 2006 | by SolipsisticblogSee all my reviews

I was surprised by the intimacy of this film about the September 11th terrorist attacks. It takes a tragedy that shook the world and chooses to focus on just a few characters. There are a few scenes that place the event in the larger global context, but most of the disaster is viewed from limited, first person viewpoints. This heightens the viewer's fear and anxiety and makes for an effective experience.

The movie follows two port authority cops as they try to evacuate the World Trade Center. John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) is the veteran cop who has became an authority on the WTC after the '93 attack and helped create evacuation strategies. (This situation, however, catches him off guard. No one anticipated a disaster originating on the upper levels of the towers.) William Jimeno (Michael Pena) is the rookie cop who volunteers to jump into the fray when many of his fellow cops hesitate.

The movie also tells the story of the cops' wives who anxiously wait for word on their husbands. The consistently excellent Maggie Gyllenhaal does an excellent job as the pregnant wife of rookie Jimeno. If the Fall doesn't produce many best actress contenders, Gyllenhaal could net a nomination. Mario Bello also turns in a fine performance as Mrs. McLoughlin struggling to keep her family calm and trying not to believe the worst.

The movie, though, is not a triumph as I was hoping. Our two main characters spend much of the movie inert and these scenes, unfortunately, become a little tedious. Maybe it's because I knew of the ultimate outcome of the story--it's based on actual accounts--that these moments became tiresome for me. After the harrowing arrival at the disaster site and the horrifying, but amazingly filmed destruction of the towers, the cops' experience slowly becomes less compelling.

Much has been made about the fact that Oliver Stone has made a largely apolitical film. But pay attention to the character of Marine Dave Karnes. This guy's a wild card and seems, at points, to be clashing with the film's ultimately uplifting message.

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