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United 93 (2006)

David Alan Basche , Olivia Thirlby , Paul Greengrass  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson, Gary Commock
  • Directors: Paul Greengrass
  • Writers: Paul Greengrass
  • Producers: Bruce Toll, Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Kate Solomon, Liza Chasin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Arabic, English, German
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JOZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "United 93" on IMDb

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Best Picture of 2006 January 31, 2007
In 2006 two major motion pictures about September 11, 2001 were released. One, WORLD TRADE CENTER, was a film from Oliver Stone about two first responders who were saved from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Though WORLD TRADE CENTER is a good and solid film, it does not reach the achievement that Paul Greengrass was able to do with UNITED 93.

Filmed in a style that seems to be a dreamy cinema verite (though every moment on film was carefully constructed), UNITED 93 tells the story about the one plane that went down on September 11th that didn't hit its target. United 93 was supposed to have crashed either into the White House or the Capitol Building, but because of the bravery and courage displayed by the men and women on board, the plane never reached that area and crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. No one alive can say exactly for sure what happened aboard the plane that day. However, UNITED 93 does an incredible job of recreating what possibly happened.

Paul Greengrass and the filmmakers spent an incredible amount of time talking with the family members of those who died. They listened intently to the tape recordings on board the plane and messages left behind. I'm sure that hundreds of hours of research went into creating the film and it shows on film. No big name actors were cast in the film and many of the smaller roles were played by people who had actually been involved somehow with United 93 on September 11th. It is an ensemble cast of the truest kind.

I was deeply moved while watching UNITED 93. The outcome is already known before even putting the film into the DVD player. Yet, the foreknowledge takes nothing away from the experience.
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196 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNITED stands! April 27, 2006
September 11th 2001, 4 planes were hijacked, 3 of them reached their targets, UNITED 93 is the story of the forth.

JFK said "We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth." After 9/11, many artists chose to respond to the horror and tragedy of the events in the way they knew best - through their craft. They drew their own line offering photographs, sculpture, paintings, poetry, and film that commemorate that day. Their work, good or bad, will forever be a part of those events. So timing and quality is important. At just under 5 years since the destruction of the Twin Towers in NYC, and the crash of United 93 in a Pennsylvania field, is the time right. Maybe, it will never be right. "the Flight of United 93," although approved by the familes of the passagers, might be a story not yet ready to be told, or more accurately it might be a story not ready to be heard and seen. With public opinion of the handling of the War down, maybe the time is right for a film that depicts the courageous actions of passengers on the fourth hijacked plane.

Director Paul Greengrass thoughtfully undertakes the unenviable task of telling this pivotal chapter in the events of that tragic day. Greengrass, director of THE BOURNE SUPREMACY shoots UNITED 93 almost virtually in realtime as all 40 passengers and crew gather the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 to board United's flight from Newark to San Francisco. Along with the 40, are 5 men planning to use the plane as a weapon against the U.S. Capitol. Once it "becomes clear" that a hijacking has occurred passengers begin to sneak mobile calls, saying their goodbyes, but also discovering that 2 planes have already been rammed into the World Trade Center, confirming their worst fears.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
As we approach the end of 2006, everyone releases their pick for the top films of the year. I do the same thing as I assess the movies that I've had the pleasure of viewing, either on the big screen or on DVD. This, in truth, hasn't been the strongest year--but I've had my share of surprises. While many of the blockbusters actually surpassed my expectations with unusual depth or sheer adrenaline, it is many of the smaller films that lingered in my memory. "United 93" was a moderate hit at the box office and received pretty universal critical acclaim, but there was not much expectation that it would fare well come awards season. It was released very early in the year which is usually problematic. However, to my delight--the film is being remembered and honored as one of the year's top films.

"United 93," for my money, was the best film of 2006. Sparse and powerful, this docudrama took about 90 minutes of real time to unfold one of the most matter-of-factly harrowing and heroic episodes put down on film. Far from being a political diatribe, the film documents a real humanity and the commonality that pulls ordinary people together in a time of crisis. Offering almost no commentary, "United 93" just presents the facts of situation about the ill-fated flight. Reconstructed largely from actual participants and phone records, this is about as close to reality as a narrative film can get.

In an audacious decision, director Paul Greenglass does not ask that we know the passengers or ground crew as individuals. You see them in brief, slice-of-life moments as they ready themselves for the day--but there is no backstory, no manufactured drama. It's just a cross section of regular men and women doing mundane things on what will become a most extraordinary day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Blue ray movie! perfect condition.
Published 1 day ago by DBM
5.0 out of 5 stars We Shall Never Forget...RESPECT, SADDNESS,HONOR
UNTHINKABLE HORROR " IT HAD ME GASPING 10 SECONDS IN" IT SENT A CHILL OF UTTER, HORROR and DISBELIEF Then trying to grasp what you just saw was real, And then the sorrow... Read more
Published 2 days ago by marsha janulis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - Director Greengrass is all that and more
I saw this movie the weekend it was released and again over the weekend. It is one of Paul Greengrass's best piece of work. It is so intense and will move you to tears. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Author of Every Man Wants More Than One
5.0 out of 5 stars United 93 is a straight forward and very believable account of an...
United 93 is a straight forward and very believable account of an American tragedy. It is not politicized but an account of people understanding the impossible situation they were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edith A Trimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars United 93
One of the finest movies ever.My daughter was a toddler when 9/11 happened and she found it very educational.Everyone must see this movie!If I could give it 6 stars I would. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what happened on Flight 93, September 11, 2001.
United 93 (2006). Rated "R". Released April 28, 2006 in the movie theaters.
DVD Running Time: One Hour, 50 mins. Directed and written by Paul Greengrass. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece...
Paul Greengrass's "United 93" is a harrowing, intense docufiction about what apparently happened inside the flight on that fateful day of 9/11 (sadly, a day that many... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, nail-biting....Great portrayal!
Makes you think about all that went on in these lives before and after the 9-11 horror..the events changed our lives forever
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen A. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars United 93 (Widescreen Edition)
love the movie.
had seen it once before...BUT WHY IS IT IN FRENCH!?!?!?,
if it weren't for that i would've given it 5 stars! Read more
Published 5 months ago by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for every Amercian.
There are few movies that every American should see. Among them are "The Patriot" and "Saving Private Ryan." Well, "United 93" now joins the elite list. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sparky
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Buy or rent?--Movie Steve
It's worth buying it. End of story.
Sep 10, 2006 by M. Chester |  See all 5 posts
Is the 2-disc "limited edition" officially out-of-print?
Feb 13, 2007 by A.J. |  See all 3 posts
There's the film, then there's the TRUTH.
this is also available at amazon, "debunking 9/11 myths: why conspiracy theories can't stand up to the facts". by the editors of popular mechanics.

I'm almost certain you won't read this, but you should. you imply you have an open mind, so far, I see no evidence of that. keep... Read More
Jan 13, 2007 by John J. Avery |  See all 33 posts
United 93 DVD
I purchased the 2 disc special edition. The Disc 2 presentation, "Chasing Planes - Witnesses to 9/11" was well worth the extra couple of dollars AT the time I ordered. A nice set to own but only if you can find a used copy for a reasonable price. Disc 1, which is the same as the... Read More
Nov 21, 2006 by Glenn M. Schoditsch |  See all 3 posts
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