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Image 6 – Writer/director/producer Paul Greengrass tells the story of the passengers and crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror as United Airlines Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on September 11, 2001.
Image 7 – TRISH GATES as flight attendant Sandra Bradshaw conducts a routine passenger check on United Airlines Flight 93 in the unflinching drama United 93 from writer/director/producer Paul Greengrass.
Image 13 – Crew and passengers including: (L to R) TRISH GATES as Sandra Bradshaw, TARA HUGO as Kristin White Gould, ERICH REDMAN as Christian Adams and OPAL ALLADIN as CeeCee Lyles plan their next move against the hijackers in the unflinching drama United 93.
Image 15 – (L to R) Passengers including DANIEL SAULI as Richard Guadagno, DAVID ALAN BASCHE as Todd Beamer and DENNY DILLON as Colleen Fraser plot their retaliation against the hijackers in the unflinching drama United 93.
Image 26 – (L to R) COREY JOHNSON as Louis J. Nacke, II, DAVID ALAN BASCHE as Todd Beamer, CHRISTIAN CLEMENSON as Thomas E. Burnett, Jr. and CHEYENNE JACKSON as Mark Bingham prepare to fight back against their hijackers.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.
FOUR PLANES WERE HIJACKED.
THREE OF THEM REACHED THEIR TARGET.
THIS IS THE STORY OF THE FOURTH.
IN THEATERS APRIL 28
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.
The result is a trenchant study – chronicled and filmed in real time – of the incendiary collision of modern day and old world…and the courage that was born from such a crucible.
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.
Greengrass writes, directs and produces United 93 and, along with producer LLOYD LEVIN (Hellboy, Boogie Nights), joins with powerhouse producers and co-chairs of Europe’s leading film production company, Working Title (Pride & Prejudice, Love Actually), TIM BEVAN and ERIC FELLNER. Greengrass is joined behind the camera by director of photography BARRY ACKROYD (Ae Fond Kiss, Bread and Roses). Many previous collaborators of Greengrass return for United 93, including editors CLARE DOUGLAS (Bloody Sunday, A Way of Life), CHRISTOPHER ROUSE (both Bourne films) and RICHARD PEARSON (Rent, The Bourne Supremacy); production designer DOMINIC WATKINS (Alpha Dog, The Bourne Supremacy); costume designer DINAH COLLIN (Shooting Dogs, Bloody Sunday); and composer JOHN POWELL (X-Men: The Last Stand, both Bourne films). Working Title’s DEBRA HAYWARD (Nanny McPhee, The Interpreter) and LIZA CHASIN (Pride & Prejudice, Wimbledon) serve as the film’s executive producers…