United 93 (film)
United 93 is a 2006 British drama film that depicts a real time account of the events on United Airlines Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked during the September 11 attacks that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
- Directed and written by Paul Greengrass.
- Come on, guys. What are we waiting for? Let's roll. Come on, let's go already. Let's go.
- I'm calling from the air-phone. You believe me, don't you mom?
- I promise you, if I get out of this, I'm quitting tomorrow. I'll quit tomorrow. I promise, I'll quit tomorrow.
- Hey, this is a suicide mission. We have to do something. They are not going to land this plane; they are not going to take us back to the airport.
- The pilot! Get the pilot!
- I got it! I got it! I got it! It's a fake! It's a fake! The bomb's a fake! It's a fake!
- The airplane cannot go any faster!
- [as the passengers overpower him and Al Ghamdi] Give it to me! Give it to me!
Saeed Al Ghamdi
- Twenty minutes! We can't keep going for twenty minutes!
- [as the passengers overpower him and Jarrah] No!
- [in English] I can't pull! I can't!
- [last lines] [as the plane crashes] Allahu Akbar!
- [first lines] Ziad. It's time.
- [as the passengers charge toward him] No! No no No!
- I'm not taking any more chances. We got stuff flying around we have no control over, and I don't want a board full of these planes hitting every building on the East Coast. This is a national emergency. everyone lands, regardless of destination.
- Title card: Of the four aircraft hijacked that day, United 93 was the only one that did not reach its target. It crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03am. No one survived. Military commanders were not notified that United 93 had been hijacked until four minutes after it had crashed. The nearest fighter jets were 100 miles away. At 10:18am, the President authorized the military to engage hijacked aircraft. Fearing an accidental shoot down, military commanders chose not to pass the order to pilots in the air. By 12:06pm every civilian airliner over America had been forced to land. Amidst an unprecedented military mobilization, US airspace was closed until further notice. Dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
- On September 11, four planes were hijacked. Three hit their targets, one did not.
- September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked. Three of them reached their target. This is the story of the fourth.
- On September 11, one of the darkest days in our history, 40 ordinary people sat down as strangers and stood up as one.
- United they stood.
- The war on terror begins with 40 ordinary people.
Quotes about United 93
- It is not too soon for "United 93," because it is not a film that knows any time has passed since 9/11. The entire story, every detail, is told in the present tense. We know what they know when they know it, and nothing else. Nothing about Al Qaeda, nothing about Osama bin Laden, nothing about Afghanistan or Iraq, only events as they unfold. This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.
- Is it too soon for United 93? Is it too soon for a stark, solemn and sobering depiction of how passengers on the fourth hijacked jet of that awful morning overpowered their captors, driving their plane into the ground and sparing us what might have been the most emotionally crippling blow of all: the destruction of the U.S. Capitol. Is it too soon for that? The question vexes me. We're not talking about taste here, after all. Not one has said United 93 is a bad or exploitative movie. So the issue of whether it is 'too soon' for this film clearly springs from a less high-minded concern: that it will hurt too much; that it will be too visceral a reminder of too painful a day.
- Leonard Pitts, as quoted in Dark Dreams 2.0: A Psychological History of the Modern Horror Film, by Charles Derry, p. 257.
- 'United 93' winds up feeling like a cross between a motion picture and 90 minutes of therapy — the kind of movie we should see, in that civic obligation sort of way, rather than the kind we might actually enjoy. There’s not a lot to learn from this story; every last person in the audience knows exactly what is going to happen. The movie meanders back and forth across the line separating documentary reenactment from full-blown drama, never quite committing either way. But there’s a grit — a vicious, real-time tension — that serves to heighten rather than undermine the crescendo. Virtually every scene is hewed to a sharp and frightening simplicity, blissfully free of the usual cinematic bloviations.
- Patrick Smith, "Ask the pilot" (12 May 2006), Salon
- Christian Clemenson - Tom Burnett
- Cheyenne Jackson - Mark Bingham
- David Alan Basche - Todd Beamer
- Peter Hermann - Jeremy Glick
- Daniel Sauli - Richard Guadagno
- Trish Gates - Sandra Bradshaw
- Corey Johnson - Louis J. Nacke, II
- Richard Bekins - William Joseph Cashman
- Michael J. Reynolds - Patrick Joseph Driscoll
- Khalid Abdalla - Ziad Jarrah