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Flight 93 (2006)

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Flight 93 is the story of the heroic passengers that took back their plane in an effort to stop a 9-11 terrorist attack.

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Peter Markle

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Nevin Schreiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Nordling ... Tom Burnett
Brennan Elliott ... Todd Beamer
Kendall Cross ... Deena Burnett
Ty Olsson ... Mark Bingham
Monnae Michaell ... Lisa Jefferson
Colin Glazer ... Jeremy Glick
April Telek ... Lyz Glick (as April Amber Telek)
Laura Mennell ... Elizabeth Wainio
Dominic Rains ... Ziad Jarrah (as Amin Nazemzadeh)
Gwynyth Walsh ... Esther Heyman
Jacqueline Ann Steuart Jacqueline Ann Steuart ... Lauren Grandcolas
Karen Holness ... CeeCee Lyles
Marilyn Norry ... Alice Hoglan
Kirsten Alter ... Melodie Homer (as Kirsten Williamson)
Biski Gugushe ... LeRoy Homer, Jr.
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Storyline

On September 11th 2001, four domestic flights are hijacked by terrorists in the United States of America. After the collision of three against selected targets, the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 fight against four terrorists to take back the control of the airplane. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Four terrorists wanted to turn flight 93 into a weapon. Forty brave passengers and crew stopped it from reaching its target.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and emotional depiction of the hijack situation | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

A&E [United States]

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

30 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight 93 See more »

Filming Locations:

Delta, British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the movie you can hear a flight attendant on the phone replying to the person asking can you look out the window and tell us where you are her response see water, see buildings were low, were flying way too low, were flying very very low those are the last words of actual American Airlines flight attendant Amy Sweeney who was on Flight 11 from Boston To Los Angeles that morning. See more »

Goofs

While United 93 is still on the apron, in one shot, you can clearly see a WestJet 737-700 in the background, which, in the very next shot, is taxiing behind United 93 for departure. Westjet does not serve Newark New Jersey, and WestJet Airlines did not add Transborder service to the United States until 2004, therefore, that plane should not have been there. See more »

Quotes

Tom Burnett: It's a suicide mission!
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Connections

Version of Flight 93: The Flight That Fought Back (2005) See more »

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Lower budget video version actually better than big budget film version.
8 October 2009 | by revere-7See all my reviews

Flight 93

Last month, in recognition of the 8th anniversary of 9/11, I reviewed the film United 93. As good as that film is, it's not the only movie about that fateful flight, nor in my opinion, is it the best.

These days it seems that the best crews are actually working in television, and the made for TV movie Flight 93, a joint production of A&E and FOX is a good example. It tells the exact same story as United 93 taken from the same sources, and also told in a dramatic narrative style, but with a bit more impact. It's a shame that far fewer people have actually seen this TV version of the story.

As I've said, both are good "films", but Flight 93, which is technically not a film because it was shot on HD Video instead of 35mm Film like United 93, has more dynamic camera work. Perhaps it's the size difference between the film camera and the HD camera, but even though both were shot primarily hand held, the angles, tight shots and pans are more daring and interesting in Flight.

Additionally creative choices and edits were a bit sharper with Flight. For example, within the first few minutes of the film we know the names of the hijackers, and most of the key passengers, thanks to the great idea to include a series of tight shots on the boarding passes as passengers boarded the plane.

Flight 93 also includes lots of details throughout that weren't shown in United 93, including some that were perhaps whitewashed from United (whether this was intentional to avoid controversy, lawsuit, for creative reasons, or to lionize all the innocents, or just an accident of choice in the editing room, it still has an impact) for example, the fact that the pilots of the commercial aircraft had received a warning against possible cockpit intrusion, but chose to open the door anyway.

While none of these little things – a shot here, a detail there – makes much of a difference on it's own, taken together, they add up to a more dramatic story.

If you're the type that views only movies shot on film as "quality", and eschew anything video – yeah, you'll probably like United 93 better. But if you can enjoy HD video just as much (and with a story this engaging, how couldn't you?) I'd recommend Flight 93 between the two.


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