United 93


United 93

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Potent and sobering, United 93 treats the subject matter with respect, never resorting to Hollywood aggrandizement.



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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.

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Olivia Thirlby
as Nicole Carol Miller
Cheyenne Jackson
as Mark Bingham
Becky London
as Jean Peterson
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 Homer Jr.
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 Cashman
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 Grandcolas
Peter Hermann
as Jeremy Glick
Tara Hugo
as Kristin White Gould
Marceline Hugot
as Georgine Rose Corrigan
Joe Jamrog
as John Talignani
Masato Kamo
as Toshiya Kuge
Peter Marinker
as Andrew Garcia
Jodie Lynne McClintock
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 Greene
Erich Redman
as Christian Adams
Michael J. Reynolds
as Patrick Joseph Driscoll
John Rothman
as Edward P. Felt
Rebecca Schull
as Patricia Cushing
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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Critic Reviews for United 93

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (48)

  • This is first-rate, visceral filmmaking: taut, watchful, free of false histrionics, as observant of the fear in the young terrorists' eyes as the hysteria in the passenger cabin, and smart enough to know this material doesn't need to be sensationalized.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Dec 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It is the film of the year. I needed to lie down in a darkened room afterwards. So will you.

    Jun 3, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • United 93 might be an insular response to a global tragedy, but -- taken on its own, limited terms -- it is powerful and sincere, giving reign to pity and fear without indulging jingoism or sentimentality. For that at least it deserves applause.

    Jun 1, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It is emotionally raw yet unsentimental; it shows people at their most pained and inspirational; it is both brilliant and troubling.

    May 16, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    Top Critic
  • This limitation in source material has had a peculiar effect on the script. Never is there a moment of repulsive sentimentality or exploitation, but neither is Greengrass able to realize an ultimate purpose.

    May 12, 2006 | Full Review…

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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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

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Coxxie Mild Sauce

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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
Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer


Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.: We have to do something, they are not going to land this plane. "United they stood." United 93 tells the story of the one plane that doesn't reach the terrorists planned destination. It tells in extraordinary detail the events of the day from the ground and from the United 93 airplane. This movie is a sobering and terrifying film that looks real and makes you almost feel like you are in the plane too. This story isn't an easy one to tell. Any minor detail could seem like exploitation if used in the wrong way, but this was done in such a fashion where you can tell Greengrass wasn't just using the events of that day, but telling a story about real life heroes. When the terrorists took the plane over, the passengers gathered near the back of the plane and came up with a plan to try to retake the plane. They knew the pilots didn't have control of the plane and they also knew that planes had been hitting the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. So they acted in such a way that saved the lives of who knows how many people. This isn't the easiest movie to get through. A lot of it is watched in a quiet trance, as you wish the story could end differently, but you know it won't. The starless cast makes this movie feel like real life. We aren't watching Russel Crowe or Brad Pitt in the plane trying to retake it. We are watching strangers and it goes a long way in making the film feel much more real. United 93 mauy end up going down as the best movie ever made on 9/11. There's going to be many more made I'm sure, but this one just grabs the viewer and makes them relive the dread of that day through the people that had to endure that, and I'm not sure if another film about that day will ever be able to accomplish that as well as United 93.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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