Frontline: The Man Who Knew

Overview

The title character in this PBS Frontline documentary is John O'Neill, who for six years headed the FBI's counterterrorism unit. Throughout the waning years of the 20th century, the flamboyantly iconoclastic O'Neill conducted what was virtually a one-man investigation of infamous Al Qaeda chief and international terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Thanks to his "maverick" behavior, questionable business practices, sometimes embarrassing errors, and most especially the inbred bureaucracy and professional jealousy of his ...
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Overview

The title character in this PBS Frontline documentary is John O'Neill, who for six years headed the FBI's counterterrorism unit. Throughout the waning years of the 20th century, the flamboyantly iconoclastic O'Neill conducted what was virtually a one-man investigation of infamous Al Qaeda chief and international terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Thanks to his "maverick" behavior, questionable business practices, sometimes embarrassing errors, and most especially the inbred bureaucracy and professional jealousy of his colleagues, O'Neill was generally ignored as he warned his colleagues of the terrible threat posed to the Western Hemisphere by Bin Laden and his followers. Eventually squeezed out of the FBI, the outspoken O'Neill accepted the post of Security Chief at the World Trade Center -- where, on September 11, 2001, he and more than 2,800 other unfortunates were killed when two hijacked jets slammed into the Twin Towers. Utilizing a jazz score and a richly textured film noir ambience, The Man Who Knew unfolds like an old-fashioned Hollywood murder mystery, graced with a bitingly ironic wit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • UPC: 841887015806
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,866

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Lyman Voice Only
Technical Credits
Michael Kirk Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Steve Audette Editor
David Fanning Executive Producer
Jim Gilmore Co-producer
Ben McCoy Cinematographer
Louis Wiley Jr. Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Frontline: The Man Who Knew
1. Introduction [:16]
2. Terrorist Ramsi Yousef [5:47]
3. Too Much Of A Maverick [9:52]
4. The 1998 Embassy Bombings [10:44]
5. Career Problems [5:31]
6. 2000: USS Cole Investigation [10:30]
7. Summer of 2001: Alarm Bells [6:38]
8. September 11th - And After [3:36]
9. Credits [2:32]
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Disc #1 -- Frontline: The Man Who Knew
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Incredible story of an incredible hero

    This is probably the most important documentary for anyone. It deals with the the government's knowledge of the September 11th attack and the man who knew about it. This documentary is shocking and sincere and will enlighten you. It takes no pro/con stand, it just delivers the facts and stories from the people who knew him best.

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