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September 11 plane drama to open NY film festival
Reuters ^ | 3/29/06 | Claudia Parsons

Posted on 03/30/2006 8:05:27 AM PST by Valin

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "United 93," a film dramatization of the events on the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, will have its world premiere at a New York film festival next month.

"'United 93' recreates the doomed trip in actual time, from takeoff to hijacking to the realization by those onboard that their plane was part of a coordinated attack unfolding on the ground beneath them," organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival said on Wednesday.

The festival was founded by actor Robert De Niro in 2002 to help revitalize lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Opening films in previous years have been comedies such as "About a Boy" and "Down with Love" as well as the thriller "The Interpreter" last year. This year's choice of "United 93" as the opening film returns the focus to Tribeca's roots.

"The festival was basically created eight months after September 11 and it was to give our neighborhood something to look forward to and to help the renewal, and to do that you need to laugh," the festival's co-founder Jane Rosenthal told Reuters.

"We found ourselves for several years saying we need a comedy. In year five, we need to remember," she said.

Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, director of "The Bourne Supremacy," the film is billed as a drama about the passengers, crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched as events unfold on the fourth airline hijacked on September 11, 2001.

Two of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the third into the Pentagon. Passengers on the fourth plane sent messages to loved ones saying the plane had been hijacked and they were going to try to overcome the hijackers.

Rosenthal said that after nearly five years there was a danger the events of September 11 were fading from people's memories. "A lot has happened in the world and as a country we seem to have a short term memory loss," she said.

Some of the relatives of those who died on United 93 are expected to attend the premiere in New York on April 25, the first night of the festival which runs until May 7.

"It is never easy to relive the events of 9/11, yet I support 'United 93' as a tribute to the heroism of my brother and the 39 other passengers and crew who collectively chose to say 'no' on that fateful day," Gordon Felt, who lost his brother Edward on September 11, said in a statement.

The films in competition at the festival include several with political themes, particularly related to the Middle East and the war in Iraq.

"We're a festival that was started because of an act of war, so we have always had films and panel discussions that bring up difficult subjects," Rosenthal said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; flight93; moviereview; united93
Doese anyone know anything about this film? Will it be shown around the country? Will it be available for purchase?
1 posted on 03/30/2006 8:05:29 AM PST by Valin
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To: Valin

It will be released wide. I've seen the trailer. It looks good.


2 posted on 03/30/2006 8:07:38 AM PST by Rutles4Ever
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To: Rutles4Ever

Will it be all left rudder?


3 posted on 03/30/2006 8:08:42 AM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: Valin


CAIR will protest the film all the while proclaiming that their death cult had nothing to do with 911.


4 posted on 03/30/2006 8:09:30 AM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not d<i>ivide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: Rutles4Ever

HBO has a new quasi documentary on called The Hamburg Cell which is excellent. Bone-chilling scary about the terrorists but acting well done.


5 posted on 03/30/2006 8:12:31 AM PST by mwl1
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To: Rutles4Ever

I hope it does not end with:

(white letters)
And after six years of diverting the attention of the American military resources over unrelated issues with Iraq, the president of the United States still has not captured Osama.


6 posted on 03/30/2006 8:16:11 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: epluribus_2

/michaelmooremode


7 posted on 03/30/2006 8:16:33 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: mwl1

I've flipped through it....

Sorry; I lost a fireman buddy on 9-11 and went frantic for hours trying to track down family and friends who worked in lower Manhattan as I watched the towers crumble (I live 45 minutes away)...

I am still too damn angry to watch any of these shows....I'm afraid after punching holes in the walls of my house when viewing them I'll go out in the street and choke the sh!t out of the first muslim I see...


8 posted on 03/30/2006 8:22:01 AM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: mwl1

Is it Based on The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It
by John Miller, Chris Mitchell, Michael Stone?
FYI VERY Good book.


9 posted on 03/30/2006 8:23:57 AM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Valin

Sec. Rumsfeld was in Somerset last week one day. After touring the site, he said something to the effect of This is where America started to fight back.


10 posted on 03/30/2006 8:26:55 AM PST by trimom
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To: mwl1

I actually thought it tried to humanize the terrorists too much and made excuses.


11 posted on 03/30/2006 8:28:30 AM PST by Madison Moose
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To: mwl1

Is it historically and factually accurate, or is it whitewashed and slanted by the CNN/MSNBC/Spielberg crowd?


12 posted on 03/30/2006 8:41:11 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume ("It is better to be alone than in bad company.")
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To: Madison Moose

Something I (along with others I'm sure) have complained about it, there are so many wonderful stories out there about 9-11 & the War if I were a screenwriter or producer I'd be working night and day on makeing films/TV shows/Documentary's. Todd Beamer...Atta...NYFD/NYPD...The Bali Bombing....Spec-ops in Afghanistan, the list goes on and on, talk about a target rich enviroment!


13 posted on 03/30/2006 9:01:06 AM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Valin

Hi, Valin:

Check this link at IMDb.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475276/

Jack.


14 posted on 03/30/2006 9:09:12 AM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Disemboweler of the WFTD Thread)
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To: Jack Deth

Thanks


15 posted on 03/30/2006 9:12:39 AM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Emmet Fitzhume

I thought it was balanced and made clear their evil.

The only significant omission IMHO was the reason for the failure to search the laptop - the asinine Gorelick Wall that the Clinton administration constructed.


16 posted on 03/30/2006 9:13:12 AM PST by mwl1
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To: mwl1

Thanks for the quick head's up.

I will give it a try, and keep what you said in mind.


17 posted on 03/30/2006 9:22:12 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume ("It is better to be alone than in bad company.")
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To: Valin

Here's the official site where you can watch a trailer......

http://www.united93movie.com/index.php


18 posted on 04/04/2006 9:45:19 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Valin
The question is does anyone trust Hollywood in telling the story accurate?
19 posted on 04/04/2006 9:47:15 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr

Apparently a number of family members who have seen the movie have said it was well done.


20 posted on 04/04/2006 9:50:32 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

As long as it isnt the Jersey Girls


21 posted on 04/04/2006 10:08:02 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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