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WORLD TRADE CENTER
USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jay Hernandez, Stephen Dorff, Michael Shannon, William Mapother, Armando Riesco, Alexa Gerasimovich, Morgan Flynn, Brad William Henke, Jon Bernthal, Wass Stevens, Frank Whaley, Kurt Caceres, Jude Ciccolella, Stoney Westmoreland, Danny Nucci, Nick Damici, Ned Eisenberg, Dara Coleman, Tawny Cypress, Nicholas Turturro, Gary Stretch, Tom Wright, David J O'Donnell, Anthony Piccininni, Maria Helan Checa, Connor Paolo, Patti D'Arbanville, Tiffany Marie Romano, Peter McRobbie, Donna Murphy, Lucia Brawley, Tony Genaro, Kimberly Scott, Douglas J Aguirre, Rob Armstrong, Dorothy Lyman, Julie Adams, Aixa Maldonado, Rick Collum, Jack Fitz, John Flanagan, Sean Hampton, Ed Jewett, Freddie Johnson, Lalanya Masters, Russ Klein, Liz A. Randall, Chad Knorr, Jossara Jinaro, Viola Davis, Lola Cook, Angelo Middione, Mitsu, Ben O'Rourke, Richie Rayfield, Lalo Reyes, Thomas Russo, Norman Schleiffer, Anup Sugunan, Ronald Sylvers, Klatann Thomas, Kevin Watson, Michael Arthur, Tommy Asher, Robert Blanche, Thomas F Duffy, S A Griffin, John C. McDonnell, Thomas A McMahon, David Mehl, Nelson Pena, Tom Poole, Donn Andrew Simmons, Pete Turner
Director: Oliver Stone
USA: 125 mins
UK: 129 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language
UK Certificate: 12A contains emotionally intense scenes, injury and strong language
USA Release Date: 9 August 2006
UK Release Date: 29 September 2006
Academy AwardŽ-winning director Oliver Stone tells the true story of the heroic survival and rescue of two Port Authority policemen - John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) - who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, after they went in to help people escape. Their story shows how the best in people rose above the tragic events of that day.
September 11, 2001 was an unusually warm day in New York. Will Jimeno, an officer with the Port Authority Police Department, was tempted to take a personal day to enjoy his hobby of bow hunting, but ultimately decided that he would go to work. Sergeant John McLoughlin, a respected veteran of the PAPD, had been up for hours - a requirement of his daily, 1˝-hour trek to the city. They and their colleagues made their way to midtown Manhattan, just like they did any other day. Only this wasn't any other day.
A team of PAPD first responders drove from mid-town Manhattan to the World Trade Center. Five men, including McLoughlin and Jimeno, went into the buildings themselves and were trapped when the towers collapsed. Miraculously, McLoughlin and Jimeno survived, but were buried and pinned beneath slabs of concrete and twisted metal, 20 feet below the rubble field. Though they couldn't see each other, each could hear that the other had survived, and for the next 12 hours, McLoughlin and Jimeno kept each other alive - talking about their families, their lives on the force, their hopes, their disappointments. Their story is told in the new motion picture from Oliver Stone, WORLD TRADE CENTER.
The film also follows their wives (Donna McLoughlin (Maria Bello) in Goshen, New York, and Allison Jimeno (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in Clifton, New Jersey), children, and parents who suffered in their own confined circle of hell, with no messages from or information about their loved ones. The film also chronicles the improbable search by a determined accountant and ex-Marine from Connecticut, Dave Karnes (Michael Cannon), who found the two officers that night, and then the dozens of firemen, policemen, and paramedics who rescued them over the next grueling 12 hours.