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9/11 (2017)

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Five people find themselves trapped in an elevator during the September 11 attacks. They soon work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.

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Martin Guigui

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Martin Guigui (screenplay by), Steven James Golebiowski (screenplay by) (as Steven Golebiowski) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Jeffrey Cage
Whoopi Goldberg ... Metzie
Gina Gershon ... Eve Cage
Luis Guzmán ... Eddie
Wood Harris ... Michael
Olga Fonda ... Tina
Faune Chambers Watkins ... Holly
Whitney Avalon ... Nicki
Bruce Davison ... Monohan
Dahlia Waingort Guigui ... Lisa (as Dahlia Waingort)
Brian J. Singer ... Frankie
Rodric David Rodric David ... Jeffrey's Lawyer
Deacon Drawdy Deacon Drawdy ... Delivery Guy
Holly Graves Holly Graves ... Female Model
Sterling Fitzgerald ... Executive
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Storyline

On the morning of September 11, 2001, a messenger sings "Happy Birthday to You" to his daughter, a billionaire argues with his wife in a divorce hearing, a maintenance man begins his day, and a young Russian decides she's breaking up with her sugar daddy. When the first plane hits the World Trade Center, these five elevator passengers find themselves trapped. Forced to band together, they fight against all odds to escape before the imminent and inevitable collapse occurs..

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The world watched it, they lived it.

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Action

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Based on Patrick James Carson's award winning play "Elevator", which premiered in October 2011 at the Red Barn Theater of Tucson, Arizona. See more »

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Eddie starts hitting the drywall to get out of the elevator, making at least two big marks on it. Then the elevator cables start breaking. When Eddie starts banging the wall again, it is free of any hammer marks. See more »

Quotes

Diane: Where the *hell* are you? Are you in that building?
Eve: We're still in the North Tower.
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Connections

Featured in Sven Uslings Bio: 9/11 (2020) See more »

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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Deeply Flawed But It Held My Attention
16 February 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

9/11 (2017)

** (out of 4)

Jeffrey Cage (Charlie Sheen) and his wife (Gina Gershon) are in the North Tower of the World Trade Center where she is wanting him to sign some divorce papers. The two of them get on an elevator shared with Michael (Wood Harris), Tina (Olga Fonda) and Eddie (Luis Guzman) when they feel a violent shake and the elevator gets stuck. They soon learn from an elevator worker (Whoopi Goldberg) what is going on outside.

9/11 got released to some of the worst reviews that you're ever going to read. This was meant to be Sheen's big dramatic comeback picture but it barely got a release and what critics did see the picture really ripped it to pieces. Some called it a shameful piece of exploitation while others just called it a poorly made and acted film. This obviously wasn't the first film to take on that day and it wasn't even the first to use the 9/11 title. With that being said, the film certainly has some major flaws but at the same time it's not quite as bad as they made it out to be.

I think the biggest problem with the film is that the screenplay is based on fiction. There are so many stories of bravery that day and I'm not sure why the writer would elect to tell a fake story. Did they not want to pay someone for their story? I'm not sure what their reasons were but they picked a pretty poor story that would have been better suited for an Irwin Allen disaster picture. The entire subplot of the divorce leads to some very silly scenes and some even poorer dialogue. I won't ruin what happens to the people in the elevator but the ending is pretty bad on many levels.

With that said, I must say that I thought the performances were good for the most part and that includes the actors playing the people in the elevator. I thought Guzman was extremely good in his role as was Harris. Sheen also had some decent moments but I don't think the performance is what he would have hoped for. None of the actors were done any favors though because the dialogue is just pretty poor at times and the director never really builds up any tension throughout the time we're with these people in the elevator.

Another problem was that the film was shot 2.35:1, which really wasn't a wise move in a film like this where you're meant to feel claustrophobic in a tight space. It seems like I'm bashing most of the film but I will say that it held my attention throughout. The film was obviously working with a very small budget, which didn't help things and while the film isn't a success, I think it's bad reputation is a bit too harsh.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2017 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Nine Eleven See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$170,000, 10 September 2017

Gross USA:

$170,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,229
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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