A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

—1. Overview
—2. Cast and Crew
—3. Photo Pages
—4. Trailers, Clips, DVDs, Books, Soundtrack
—5. Posters (Airplanes)
—6. Production Notes (pdf)
—7. Spiritual Connections
—8. Presentation Downloads

VIDEO FLASH REVIEW by david bruce

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Release Date: April 28, 2006enlarge
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
Starring: J. J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams, Opal Alladin, Nancy McDoniel, Starla Benford, Trish Gates, Simon Poland, Khalid Abdalla, David Alan Basche, Lisa Colón-Zayas, Meghan Heffern, Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson
Genre: Drama
Official Website: United93movie.com

MPAA: Rated R for language, and some intense sequences of terror and violence (appeal planned). Runtime: 111 min
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There are lots of ways to find meaning in the events of 9/11. Television can convey events as they happen. A reporter can write history’s rough first draft. Historians can widen the time frame and give us context…Filmmakers have a part to play, too, and I believe that sometimes, if you look clearly and unflinchingly at a single event, you can find in its shape something much larger than the event itself -- the DNA of our times…Hence a film about United 93.
-- Paul Greengrass

Filmmaker PAUL GREENGRASS -- the compassionate and socially aware writer/director behind films that study the impact of terrorism in Northern Ireland in Bloody Sunday and Omagh, racial violence in The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and one soldier’s abandonment in Resurrected -- now focuses his cameras on the day that changed the world forever.

In United 93, Greengrass creates a gripping, provocative drama that tells the story of the passengers, crew and the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror as United Airlines Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on the day of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil: September 11, 2001.

The filmmaker explores the events of this day by telling the story of a single flight and the ordinary, random sampling of flight crew, businessmen, wives, grandparents, students and others bound for San Francisco aboard a Boeing 757. In the course of the just over 90 minutes that the plane was aloft, the world below entered a new and violent age -- viewed through a fog that slowly dissipated to reveal that America herself was under attack.

Faced with the daunting task of re-creating the events that took place onboard the doomed plane and down below, Greengrass and his researchers called upon a myriad of sources, conducting countless hours of face-to-face interviews with the families of the 40 passengers and crew, members of the 9/11 commission, flight controllers and other military and civilian personnel who took part in the events of the day. These interviews were distilled and, along with details from flight recordings, public record and historical fact, became the basis for the film. It was then played out by an ensemble of talented, yet largely unknown actors -- democratically presented as random people sharing a flight -- whose fact-grounded and acutely directed improvisations provided the highly charged human drama captured by Greengrass’ cameras.

"United 93" recreates the doomed trip in actual time, from takeoff to hijacking to the realization by those onboard that their plane was part of a coordinated attack unfolding on the ground beneath them. The film attempts to understand the abject fear and courageous decisions of those who-over the course of just 90 minutes-transformed from a random assembly of disconnected strangers into bonded allies who confronted an unthinkable situation.

Greengrass asserts, “One of the reasons why United 93 exerts such a powerful hold on our imaginations is precisely because we don’t know exactly what happened. Who among us doesn’t think about that day and wonder how it must have been and how we might have reacted?”

Painstakingly researched with the support of the families of the passengers and crew who lost their lives, United 93 paints an unforgettable and inspiring portrait of everyday people confronted with an unthinkable situation ... who unwittingly become the first denizens in the new era of global terrorism that began that September morning.

In choosing the cast, the filmmakers sought to bring together an ensemble comprised of gifted actors (and, in some cases, real-life flight crew members, controllers and other personnel) who came armed with the talents and skills necessary to create vivid and real snapshots of the actual men and women onboard and involved with United Airlines Flight 93. All approached the subject matter with the utmost sensitivity, keeping two goals at the forefront of their minds: to dignify the memory of those they were portraying and to arrive at, as Greengrass puts it, “a believable truth” of what happened during the 91-minute flight.

Review by

Flight 93Click to go to Mike's BlogA great movie... brilliant for a variety of reasons.

There are many who are using this film for political propaganda, and to be honest, that just pisses me off. For those who say it shows a pro war perspective obviously haven’t seen it. It does not praise or justify the war, if anything, it shows how unprepared the United States was for such an attack.

by YO

Flight 93Click to go to Yo's BlogWhere were you on September 11, 2001?

Where were you when the world changed? As you watch United 93, the memories of that day will return in a flood of raw emotion that will make it seem like the unthinkable happened yesterday, and perhaps that’s why it’s important that this film was made, because we should never forget what happened that day.

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Flight 93Click to go to Tom's BlogThe first in a series of Hollywood portrayals
of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Its best for the way it re-creates the feelings of shock and bewilderment, and especially the gradual realization of the meaning of the series of events as they unfolded. For those of us who paid close attention to the events as they developed on Sept. 11, it carries us immediately back to the feelings we experienced on that day. Continued

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Flight 93Click to go to BlogI usually like to start my reviews with some fun play on words, but that seemed entirely inappropriate for United 93 ...

but that seemed entirely inappropriate for UNITED 93. It’s just too sobering, too serious, too important and too tragic a movie to inject any humor into the situation. Many people aren’t ready to see a depiction of what happened on 9/11/01. One critic said, “it’s the best movie this year that nobody will want to see.” I attended a 4:00pm Friday showing in a fairly small town and the theater was over half full. Perhaps that critic is wrong. Perhaps people do want to see what happened... Continued

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Flight 93Click to go to Jim's blogAn important movie to see, but very difficult to watch.

iEven though the tragic events of 9/11 have been seared into my heart and mind, this movie served, albeit painfully, to provide me with an inside glimpse of the suffering and hurt that so many people experienced on this fateful day.

Flight 93Review by

Go see United 93. Period.

The entire movie is real time, maybe give and take a few minutes. Most of the movie is thru the eyes of the Air Traffic Controllers. You watch the radar with them. The fact that you know what is happening allows the movie to build on itself...

—1. Overview
—2. Cast and Crew
—3. Photo Pages
—4. Trailers, Clips, DVDs, Books, Soundtrack
—5. Posters (Airplanes)
—6. Production Notes (pdf)
—7. Spiritual Connections
—8. Presentation Downloads
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