World Trade Center

World Trade Center

4.6 9
Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal

     
 

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Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peña) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fallSee more details below

Overview

Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peña) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call. The day was September 11, 2001, and McLoughlin and Jimeno were among the policemen who attempted to evacuate the World Trade Center towers after they were struck by airliners piloted by terrorists. Both McLoughlin and Jimeno were inside the fifth building of the World Trade Center when the towers fell, and were two of the last people found alive amidst the wreckage. As McLoughlin and Jimeno struggled to hold on to their lives as rescuers sifted through the rubble, their spouses -- Donna McLoughlin (Maria Bello) and Allison Jimeno (Maggie Gyllenhaal) -- clung to the desperate hope that their husbands would survive and be found. As the McLoughlin and Jimeno families waited for word on the fate of the two men, they watched as a city and a nation came together with strength and compassion in the face of a tragedy. World Trade Center was based on the true story of John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, both of whom cooperated with producers in the making of this film. Producer Debra Hill died during production -- hence the posthumous credit.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The impact of 9/11 has manifested itself in a variety of unexpected ways. For filmmaker Oliver Stone -- he of the grandiose conspiracy theories and often blunt directorial flourishes -- it released a stylistic clarity and emotional directness that fits this straightforward story of heroism and sacrifice. Based on the true story of Port Authority Police Department officers John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno (played by Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena, respectively), this deeply moving film is a tribute to all those dedicated men and women who labored in the face of unspeakable tragedy to rescue survivors from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Although Stone expertly blends staged re-creations with documentary footage, the collapse of the Twin Towers is not the plot’s focal story. Most of the film unfolds in the dank, dark pit where McLoughlin and Jimeno found themselves pinned after entering the tower’s ruins. Their reassuring talk of family and friends is set off by cutaways and flashbacks to their anxious spouses, played with subtle intensity by Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Stone directs in lean, muscular fashion, eschewing bombast in favor of restraint. The result is an unusually expressive film -- wistful, tragic, and yet ultimately uplifting -- that contributes to the slow healing process following a national tragedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
UPC:
0097361199641
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount

Special Features

Exclusive commentary by and in-depth q & a with director Oliver Stone; Insightful commentary by real-life survivor Will Jimeno and rescuers Scott Strauss, John Busching and Paddy McGee; Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone; The Making of World Trade Center: A behind-the-scenes look at the three phases of production from the earliest stages of writing, to filming and beyond; Common Sacrifice: An extensive documentary about survivors Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin that goes beyond 9/11 and traces their lives through present day; Building Ground Zero: An in-depth look at the set design and re-creation of ground zero; Oliver Stone's New York: A conversation with Oliver Stone about growing up in New York, his days in Vietnam and NYU Film School

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage John McLoughlin
Michael Peña Will Jimeno
Maggie Gyllenhaal Allison Jimeno
Maria Bello Donna McLoughlin
Stephen Dorff Scott Strauss
Jay Hernandez Dominick Pezzulo
Michael Shannon Dave Karnes
William Mapother Actor
Jon Bernthal Actor
Nick Damici Actor
Morgan Flynn Actor
Frank Whaley Actor
Viola Davis Actor

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Kerry Barden Casting
Andrea Berloff Screenwriter
Moritz Borman Producer
David Brenner Editor
Marty Bresin Special Effects Supervisor
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Michael Dennison Costumes/Costume Designer
Chantal Feghali Co-producer
Norm Golightly Executive Producer
Debra Hill Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Donald J. Lee Executive Producer
Seamus Mcgarvey Cinematographer
Julie Monroe Editor
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Stacey Sher Producer
Simon Warnock Asst. Director
Mary Wernieu Casting
Rob Wilson Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- World Trade Center - Feature Film [2-Disc Commemorative Edition]
1. Morning Roll Call [7:11]
2. Call to Duty [:20]
3. Heading Downtown [3:17]
4. Volunteers [2:57]
5. Collapse [1:12]
6. Damage Assessment [4:37]
7. Waiting for Word [:51]
8. What Pain Means [4:57]
9. Under Attack [1:45]
10. We Can Make It [7:17]
11. The Best [2:15]
12. God's Curtain [4:29]
13. Family Men [1:15]
14. Keeping Each Other Alive [3:04]
15. Staying Strong [2:58]
16. A Peaceful Vision [3:30]
17. You Are Our Mission [3:34]
18. Mistaken Information [2:28]
19. Will's Rescue [1:08]
20. Come Home [4:41]
21. Common Sorrow [:31]
22. In Remembrance [3:18]

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