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United 93 (2006)

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A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

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Paul Greengrass

Writer:

Paul Greengrass
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J.J. Johnson J.J. Johnson ... Captain Jason Dahl
Gary Commock Gary Commock ... First Officer LeRoy Homer
Polly Adams ... Deborah Welsh
Opal Alladin Opal Alladin ... CeeCee Lyles
Starla Benford ... Wanda Anita Green
Trish Gates ... Sandra Bradshaw
Nancy McDoniel ... Lorraine G. Bay
David Alan Basche ... Todd Beamer
Richard Bekins ... William Joseph Cashman
Susan Blommaert ... Jane Folger
Ray Charleson Ray Charleson ... Joseph DeLuca
Christian Clemenson ... Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Waleska Martinez
Lorna Dallas ... Linda Gronlund
Denny Dillon ... Colleen Fraser
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Storyline

On September 11, 2001, two American Airlines and two United Airlines domestic U.S. flights are hijacked by terrorists. After the collision of two planes against the World Trade Center and one against the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against the four terrorists to take back the control of the airplane. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked. Three of them reached their target. This is the story of the fourth. See more »


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Rated R for language, and some intense sequences of terror and violence (appeal planned) | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English | Arabic | German

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

United 93 See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

To make the movie as authentic as possible, director Paul Greengrass cast a number of real-life participants in the events of September 11, 2001, to play themselves. The principal "real-life role" in the movie is Ben Sliney, the FAA's National Operations Manager, who made the decision on 9/11 to shut down all air traffic operations in the United States. Sliney had just been promoted to the National Operations Manager position, and September 11, 2001 was his first day on the job. That explains the applause from the FAA flight monitors when he walks into the control center in Herndon, VA, at the beginning of the movie. Several officials who were with Sliney in the FAA control room on 9/11 play themselves, including Tobin Miller, Rich Sullivan, and Tony Smith. In the scenes at Newark Airport, several air traffic controllers who were in the Newark control tower on 9/11, and who witnessed the air attacks on the World Trade Center, play themselves. At the air traffic monitoring centers in Boston, New York, and Cleveland, the air traffic monitors are all played by real-life air traffic controllers, including several who were at these locations on 9/11, and who monitored the hijacked flights. At the Northeast Air Defense Command Center (NEADS) in Rome, NY, most of the military personnel are played by real-life military air traffic controllers, including several people, notably Major James Fox, who were at NEADS on 9/11. Also, on United Flight 93, the actors playing the pilots in the movie are real-life airline pilots, and the flight attendants are played by real-life flight attendants, some of whom work for United Airlines. See more »

Goofs

When Sliney is at the conference room at the FAA center in Virginia, a New York state flag is visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ahmed Al Haznawi: [subtitled Arabic] Ziad. It's time.
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Crazy Credits

The very last line of closing credits states that the movie was "not sponsored by, or in any way affiliated with, United Airlines." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jihad Couple (2007) See more »

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Life-Changing
20 April 2006 | by dynapoleonSee all my reviews

Probably the best movie of the year! This movie handles the many different emotions it brings to the surface in a professional and technically proficient way - it is one of the most well-crafted "docu-dramas" I have ever seen. We sit in the plane with the heroes of that day, we watch it unfold from the perspectives of the flight controllers and NORAD, we feel the confusion, the torment, and ultimately, the victory in the end. It is a great commentary on the human spirit and a great achievement in cinematography and editing. Paul Greengrass has opened up a dialogue that hopefully will never stop - a positive dialogue about that horrible day.


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