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The Looming Tower 

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A look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Jeff Daniels ...  John O'Neill 10 episodes, 2018
Tahar Rahim ...  Ali Soufan 10 episodes, 2018
Wrenn Schmidt ...  Diane Marsh 10 episodes, 2018
Bill Camp ...  Robert Chesney 10 episodes, 2018
Louis Cancelmi ...  Vince Stuart 10 episodes, 2018
Virginia Kull ...  Kathy Shaughnessy 10 episodes, 2018
Ella Rae Peck ...  Heather 10 episodes, 2018
Sullivan Jones ...  Floyd Bennet 10 episodes, 2018
Michael Stuhlbarg ...  Richard Clarke 10 episodes, 2018
Peter Sarsgaard ...  Martin Schmidt 10 episodes, 2018
Annie Parisse ...  Liz 8 episodes, 2018
Jamie Neumann ...  Toni-Ann Marino 7 episodes, 2018
Jenny Paul ...  Maureen 7 episodes, 2018
Sharon Washington ...  Judith 7 episodes, 2018
Erica Cho ...  Leigh 7 episodes, 2018
Alec Baldwin ...  George Tenet 6 episodes, 2018
Katie Flahive ...  Amy 6 episodes, 2018
Tawfeek Barhom ...  Khalid al-Mihdhar 6 episodes, 2018
Jordan Lage ...  Commissioner 1 6 episodes, 2018
Kimberly S. Fairbanks Kimberly S. Fairbanks ...  Commissioner 2 6 episodes, 2018
Yul Vazquez ...  Jason Sanchez 5 episodes, 2018
Nasser Faris ...  Ayman al-Zawahiri 5 episodes, 2018
Nebras Jamali ...  Nawaf al-Hazmi 5 episodes, 2018
Samer Bisharat ...  Khallad 5 episodes, 2018
July Namir ...  Hoda Hada 5 episodes, 2018
Craig Wroe ...  Leonard Bliss 5 episodes, 2018
Michael Quinlan ...  General O'Keefe 5 episodes, 2018
Ken Arnold ...  General Stetson 5 episodes, 2018


The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal - trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil. Written by ahmetkozan

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Release Date:

28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Legendary Television See more »
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16:9 HD
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At the Berlinale film festival showrunner Dan Futterman explains the rivalry between CIA and FBI in the late 90's. "The FBI was just starting to work as an international agency, and that was part of their problem with the CIA, who felt that was their turf, and the FBI's turf was America. They totally underestimated al-Qaeda." See more »

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This Is Entertainment - NOT A Documentary!
7 March 2018 | by neener3707See all my reviews

It boggles my mind to see people talking about authenticity and fact-checking when even in the beginning of the episodes it clearly states that some of it is fictionalized! I am enjoying it so far, because that I understand that this is not a factually correct and historic documentary, its a TV show made for entertainment purposes, and I surely found this entertaining. The characters are all unique and create an entertaining story, one that is still relevant today, how our government offices have failed us. To be fair, when one hears Alex Gibney's name, they think of documentaries of similar subject matters, but this is a dramatization, so some is inaccurate, but in my knowledge from reading the book this is based on, it is around 70% accurate.

The story is compelling, a bitter rivalry between the FBI and CIA starting in 1998 and leading up to 9/11, an event that could have been prevented if only they had shared certain information with each other. Not only do we get a story of the hunt for al-Qaidah cells and Bin Laden, we also get the story of the personal lives of the agents involved. Right off the bat, the series had my attention with a strong opening scene and kept my attention. All the actors are well respected (for the most part) and do a great job portraying their characters. I am fully interested in watching this series to the very end, I find it very interesting so far.

I would recommend it.

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