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United 93 (2006)



Critic Consensus: Potent and sobering, United 93 is even more gut-wrenching because the outcome is already known. While difficult to watch, director Paul Greengrass' film has been made with skill and treats the subject matter with respect, never resorting to the aggrandizement of which Hollywood has sometimes been accused. Especially effective is the cast of mostly unknown actors, who portray the passengers of the doomed flight as ordinary people who respond with bravery to extraordinary circumstances.

Movie Info

This is the story of the takeoff and hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 by terrorists, the discovery by passengers with cell phones that other hijacked planes had been steered into the World Trade Center towers, and the realization that their plane was being steered toward Washington D.C.more
Rating: R (for language, and some intense sequences of terror and violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Greengrass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 5, 2006
Box Office: $31.5M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Becky London
as Jean Peterson
Cheyenne Jackson
as Mark Bingham
Chip Zien
as Mark Rothenberg
Ben Sliney
as Himself
Leigh Zimmerman
as Christine Snyder
Denny Dillon
as Colleen Fraser
Chloe Sirene
as Honor Wainio
Christian Clemenson
as Thomas Burnett
Major James Fox
as Major James Fox
Corey Johnson
as Louis Nacke
Daniel Sauli
as Richard Guadagno
J.J. Johnson
as Capt. Jason Dahl
Gary Commock
as First Officer Leroy ...
Polly Adams
as Deborah Welsh
Opal Alladin
as CeeCee Lyles
Starla Benford
as Wanda Anita Green
Trish Gates
as Sandra Bradshaw
Nancy McDoniel
as Lorraine Bay
Khalid Abdalla
as Ziad Jarrah
Lewis Alsamari
as Saeed al Ghamdi
Omar Berdouni
as Ahmed al Haznawi
Jamie Harding
as Ahmed al Nami
David Alan Basche
as Todd Beamer
Richard Bekins
as William Joseph Cashm...
Susan Blommaert
as Jane Folger
Ray Charleson
as Joseph DeLuca
Liza Colon-Zayas
as Waleska Martinez
Lorna Dallas
as Linda Gronlund
Trieste Kelly Dunn
as Deora Frances Bodley
Kate Jennings Grant
as Lauren Catuzzi Grand...
Peter Hermann
as Jeremy Glick
Tara Hugo
as Kristin White Gould
Marceline Hugot
as Georgine Rose Corrig...
Joe Jamrog
as John Talignani
Masato Kamo
as Toshiya Kuge
Peter Marinker
as Andrew Garcia
Jodie Lynne McClinto...
as Marion R. Britton
Libby Morris
as Hilda Marcin
Tom O'Rourke
as Donald Peterson
Simon Poland
as Alan Anthony Beaven
David Rasche
as Donald Freeman Green...
Erich Redman
as Christian Adams
Michael J. Reynolds
as Patrick Joseph Drisc...
John Rothman
as Edward P. Felt
Rebecca Schull
as Patricia Cushing
Olivia Thirlby
as Nicole Carol Miller
Tony Smith
as Himself
Patrick St. Esprit
as Major Kevin Nasypany
Gregg Henry
as Colonel Robert Marr
James Fox
as Himself
Shawna Fox
as Herself
Rick Tepper
as Himself
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News & Interviews for United 93

Critic Reviews for United 93

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (50)

Greengrass takes pains to keep events believable and relatively unrhetorical, rejecting entertainment for the sake of sober reflection, though one has to ask how edifying this is apart from its reduction of the standard myths.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Above all, one truth remains: the sacrifice of the 40 passengers on Flight 93 is truly remarkable. The film portrays their courage in the face of staggering odds in its own subjective and respectful way. It achieves what it wants as a film.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Stop Smiling

A black hole

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

A flawed, but gripping well-crafted piece of drama...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

This is not a film you go to for enjoyment, but because you have a duty to endure it.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

a real-time reconstruction of events on the doomed flight that manages to encapsulate all the anxieties and sorrows of our age.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for United 93

For any American around during the events of 9/11 this is a tragically reminiscent film of that day. Very simple in its execution, and heart wrenching to watch, "United 93" tells the story, in real time, of the American heroes who felled flight 93, United Airlines. The action that takes place on the plane feels very real, the tension brought on by the terrorists feels consequential and terrifying, and it's quite sad to see these people say goodbye to their loved ones, and try to take control of their situation. Going in I didn't believe it was a great idea for this film to be made, especially only five years after the events. After watching this I felt severe empathy, and a form of essential patriotism that I hadn't expected, but was easy to sense. At the end, watching the amazing bravery of these people, who diverted a plane that would have taken so many lives, it's inspiring, and honestly it made me cry. Definitely a tearjerker, but for all the right reasons, I highly recommend this film to those who have reservations about watching it.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


out of all the things you could pick to make money off of, you chose this???

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

While we can never be sure what exactly happened aboard this flight, the sober, realistic mood of this film paints a believable, appropriate portrait of the events. The film manages to stay concise and gripping, never seeming too long or too dull.

Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

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