Flight 93

Flight 93

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Director: Peter Markle

Cast: Jeffrey Nordling, Brennan Elliott, Kendall Cross

     
 

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Although al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners on September 11, 2001, only three reached their intended targets. United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 that departed late from Newark to San Francisco, crash-landed near Pittsburgh instead of becoming a weapon against the White House or the United States Capitol. This speculative cable-TV docudrama…  See more details below

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Although al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners on September 11, 2001, only three reached their intended targets. United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 that departed late from Newark to San Francisco, crash-landed near Pittsburgh instead of becoming a weapon against the White House or the United States Capitol. This speculative cable-TV docudrama imagines how the flight might have played out for the flight's passengers, who are believed to have risen up against their hijackers after being alerted to the other terrorist attacks via cell phone. Unfolding in more or less real time, Flight 93 depicts the hijacking from the viewpoints of those on the flight and those on the ground. Tom Burnett (Jeffrey Nordling), Mark Bingham (Ty Olsson), Todd Beamer (Brennan Elliott), and many of the flight's other, posthumously famous passengers are portrayed, as are their families, law-enforcement agents, air-traffic controllers, United employees, and cell-phone company personnel. Flight 93 originally aired in January 2006 on the A&E cable network, several months after the Discovery Channel debuted its documentary The Flight That Fought Back and several months before the feature film United 93 premiered.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This tight, no-frills TV docudrama bears many similarities to United 93, the feature film that reached theaters a few months after its premiere. It unfolds in real time and splits its focus between the passengers and crew of the doomed aircraft, their families on the ground, the air-traffic and airline personnel who watched the hijacking unfold, and the rural Pennsylvanians who saw the crash. Unlike the later film, however, Flight 93 uses professional actors rather than unknowns and benefited from less access to previously withheld source material. Nevertheless, the film sensitively and compellingly depicts September 11, 2001, as it might have played out for those aboard the only hijacked plane that did not reach its intended target. The drama is so built-in -- and so etched in the minds of pretty much everyone on the planet -- that writer Nevin Schreiner and director Peter Markle wisely let it speak for itself. This isn't an action movie, it's a tragedy -- one that doesn't need to be oversold, and isn't. Images of the World Trade Center falling have taken on a Zapruder-like cultural resonance, but the crash landing of United 93 has no such visual associations. Flight 93's filmmakers make the most of this opportunity, turning the airplane's descent into a restrained, hauntingly minimalist montage. The 2006 release of several TV and movie treatments of 9/11 prompted predictable media debate about whether it was appropriate to "go there" less than five years after the event itself. Flight 93's narrow focus on individual lives may not add much to our understanding of the terrorist attacks or their aftermath, but it does make for an affecting, cathartic drama.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
UPC:
0084296409211
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Allumination
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Widescreen format; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Trailers; Ausio commentary; Interviews; Optional Spanish subtitles

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Flight 93: The Movie
1. Tuesday Morning [5:02]
2. Boarding [5:02]
3. Take Off [3:53]
4. Something's Wrong [4:35]
5. Another Plane [3:32]
6. Warning [4:51]
7. Hijacked [3:30]
8. Listen to Me [3:51]
9. To the Back [4:29]
10. I'll Be Strong [4:50]
11. The Pentagon [4:53]
12. Pick Up [4:07]
13. Bunker [6:20]
14. Take Control [6:38]
15. Lord's Prayer [5:04]
16. Getting Ready [4:26]
17. Go [2:41]
18. Flight Down [2:16]
19. Crash Site [5:39]
20. End Credits [3:32]

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Flight 93 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly LOVED this movie. It is one of my all time favorite movies. It is very touching and inspiring. If you have never seen this you will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can say uneqovically that this film is unmatched in this decade in any genre and I think that it should always be remembered. I almost cried in the first half hour of the film. I think it showed the best of what America can be: tough without arrogance, resolve with humility and everyday heroes. That's what makes America America even though Bill O'Reilly would say otherwise. This movie is gut-wrenching, but is respectful to those that were the true heroes of that day: those on Flight 93 who were average men and women who they were going to die. I think it pulled on to me more than even "Saving Private Ryan." If you do not like this picture, you are an imbecile and are disrespecting those men and women that saved Bush, the legistators and his family while he was playing golf. What a tragedy that we have heroes in everyday people, but our leaders are cowards pretending to be tough because they were Texas Ranger Boots.