United 93

United 93

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Director: Paul Greengrass

Cast: David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins, Susan Blommaert

     
 

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Bloody Sunday director Paul Greengrass marks the five-year anniversary on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States with this speculative meditation on the events that took place onboard the fourth hijacked plane, and the actions of the passengers who gave their lives to ensureSee more details below

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Bloody Sunday director Paul Greengrass marks the five-year anniversary on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States with this speculative meditation on the events that took place onboard the fourth hijacked plane, and the actions of the passengers who gave their lives to ensure the safety of others. Told in real time and acted out by a cast of unknowns who were provided with detailed studies of their real-life counterparts, United 93 attempts to reconstruct the airborne tragedy from the view of the ground and flight controllers, the passengers, and their nervous families awaiting word on the fate of their loved ones. As the terrified travelers and crew gradually become aware of the historical events taking place on the ground so far beneath them, the 90 minutes in which a random collection of strangers realized their fate and came together to confront an unthinkable threat are re-created.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The still-painful emotions lingering in the wake of 9/11 may have accounted for the less-than-stellar theatrical box office of United 93, but this taut and compelling drama is to be commended for its entirely non-exploitative depiction of horrific events. Written and directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy), it derives impact from its documentary-like treatment and a strong cast of fresh-faced actors. United 93 is almost an hour old before it zooms into high gear with the slaying of the pilots by al Qaeda hijackers and the passengers’ sudden realization that the commandeered plane is being taken on a suicide mission. At that point, passengers Thomas Burnett (Christian Clemenson) and Todd Beamer (David Alan Basche) begin plotting to wrest back control of the aircraft. Greengrass cuts back and forth between Flight 93, air controllers stunned by the morning’s attacks, and military commanders anguished over their inability to resolve the situation without additional loss of innocent life. United 93, doesn’t dwell on the eventual downing of the plane in a Pennsylvania field, or the international aftermath of the attacks. Its focus remains the moving and inspiring story of average Americans, caught in a totally unpredictable situation, rising to the occasion and acting heroically.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If nothing else, Paul Greengrass' docudrama United 93 details with journalistic precision exactly what happened on the ground during the events of September 11, 2001. The director effectively presents how air traffic controllers, the military, and the FAA all pieced together what was going on as the hijackers executed their plan. Greengrass achieves remarkable verisimilitude thanks to his relentlessly handheld camerawork, outstanding use of file footage combined with special effects, the use of no-name actors, and the casting of some of the real people playing themselves. The faux cinéma vérité style helps underscore the facts of the situation. However, when dealing with the events on the title flight, Greengrass' approach is somewhat problematic. Since every person aboard the plane perished, there is no way to truly figure out what happened and how it happened. To be sure, these sequences are as well-researched as the rest of the film, but the film's cinéma vérité style here is used not to enforce facts but to force the audience into an emotional corner. If Greengrass were pushing audience members' fear buttons in order to make a political point, if this were propaganda, that might be easier to accept. The film, however, is resolutely apolitical. This means that Greengrass' overriding concern during these sequences is to make the viewer experience the emotional horror of the passengers without giving any release to those feelings. The director simply wanted to show what happened, not to comment on it, and in this regard the film is an unquestionable success. However, one has the right to ask if showing horror devoid of catharsis accomplishes anything.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0025192657023
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
15,667

Special Features

Closed Caption; United 93: The Families and the Film - discover the real-life stories behind the brave passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 through interviews with their families; Feature commentary with director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, Bloody Sunday); Memorial Pages - the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 are remembered with 40 written biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Alan Basche Todd Beamer
Richard Bekins William Joseph Cashman
Susan Blommaert Jane Folger
Ray Charleson Joseph DeLuca
Christian Clemenson Thomas E. Burnett Jr.
Khalid Abdalla Ziad Jarrah
Lewis Alsamari Saeed al Ghamdi
Ben Sliney Ben Sliney
Major James Fox Major James Fox
Gregg Henry Colonel Robert Marr
Omar Berdouni Ahmed al Haznawi
Cheyenne Jackson Mark Bingham
Polly Adams Deborah Welsh, Flight Attendant
Chip Zien Mark Rothenberg
Starla Benford Wanda Anita Green, Flight Attendant
Opal Alladin Cee Cee Lyles
Liza Colon-Zayas Waleska Martinez
Lorna Dallas Linda Gronlund
Denny Dillon Colleen Fraser
Kate Jennings Grant Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas
Peter Hermann Jeremy Glick
Marceline Hugot Georgine Rose Corrigan
Joe Jamrog John Talignani
Corey Johnson Louis J. Nacke II
J.J. Johnson Captain Jason M. Dahl
Becky London Jean Hoadley Peterson
Peter Marinker Andrew Garcia
Nancy McDoniel Lorraine G. Bay
Libby Morris Hilda Marcin
Tom O'Rourke Donald Peterson
Simon Poland Alan Anthony Beaven
David Rasche Donald Freeman Greene
Chloe Sirene Honor Elizabeth Wainio
Michael J. Reynolds Patrick Driscoll
John Rothman Edward P. Felt
Daniel Sauli Richard Guadagno
Rebecca Schull Patricia Cushing
Olivia Thirlby Nicole Miller
Gary Commock First Officer Leroy Homer, Jr.
Trieste Dunn Deora Frances Bodley
Trish Gates Sandy Bradshaw
Tara Hugo Kristin White Gould
Masato Kamo Toshiya Kuge
Jodie Lynne McClintock Marion R. Britton
Erich Redman Christian Adams
Leigh Zimmerman Christine Snyder
Jamie Harding Ahmed al Nami

Technical Credits
Paul Greengrass Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Barry Ackroyd Cinematographer
Tim Bevan Producer
Michael Bronner Associate Producer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Dinah Collin Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
Sig De Miguel Casting
Clare Douglas Editor
Eric Fellner Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Alan Gilmore Art Director
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Lloyd Levin Producer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Pearson Editor
John Powell Score Composer
Christopher Rouse Editor
Mike Prestwood Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Kate Solomon Associate Producer
Dominic Watkins Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- United 93
1. It's Time (Main Titles) [5:11]
2. Security Check [4:11]
3. Welcome Aboard [6:08]
4. Suspicious Transmission [4:34]
5. Real World Situation [5:35]
6. "Planes," Plural [3:45]
7. Cleared for Takeoff [5:51]
8. Target Lost [4:36]
9. Another Hijack [6:16]
10. No Clearance [4:59]
11. Rules of Engagement [4:13]
12. Preparing to Takeover [4:59]
13. He's Got a Bomb! [3:58]
14. In Control [6:30]
15. Communications Breakdown [4:09]
16. Pilots Are Down [4:59]
17. National Emergency [5:17]
18. Suicide Mission [9:15]
19. Final Moments [7:44]
20. End Titles [8:32]

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