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United 93 [Paperback]

Paul Greengrass


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27 Feb 2007
"United 93" meticulously recreates - in real time - the story of a single flight, from just before take off to its doomed descent. It follows, minute-by-minute the passengers and crew, but also the flight controllers - many played by themselves - who watched with disbelief as United Airlines 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on 11 September 2001. Filmed by Paul Greengrass using the same reconstructional techniques that had made his "Bloody Sunday" and "The Murder of Stephen Lawrence" so compelling, "United 93" drew on tapes of flight control intercoms, as well as hours of interviews with the families of the passengers and crew. The largely unknown actors then used improvisations grounded in these facts. As Greengrass says: 'One of the reasons why "United 93" exerts such a powerful hold on our imaginations is precisely because we don't know exactly what happened. Who among us doesn't think about that day and wonder how we might have reacted?' Published in the aftermath of the extraordinary reception accorded to the film, this volume contains the complete Shooting Script plus: Paul Greengrass' original 'pitch' - and his introduction and notes; an account of the making of the movie; an essay by Stephen King on the 'infantilization' of America, which he believes the film stands out against; reviews by Martin Amis, Roger Ebert, "Time" magazine among others; a 10,000-word report by the film's researcher after fighting for release of the intercom tapes of the US Air Force on that day; and a section of stills, plus full cast and crew credits.

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Paul Greengrass began his career in TV drama before turning to 'reconstructions' with The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and Bloody Sunday. The Bourne Supremacy (2004) marked his feature film debut.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars 9/11, United 93, Green Zone 15 Oct 2012
By warparty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was surprised to find there was even a thing called a "shooting script." Then, I saw inside the script there are not many on the market either. So, I was glad one was done and that Amazon offered it at so reasonable a price.

"United 93" is so realistic, it was only after many viewings that I could apprehend it was acting. This is why the shooting script is so good: to learn how the realism was created.

There are other chapters detailing input from the "real world" 9/11, that not only aided Director Paul Greengrass, but gave more details about that terrible day. This is a "real world" bonus to the shooting script.

Reviews published at the film's release are included as well as stills.
I also appreciated the inclusion of the voluminous credits, which are impossible to read; that are the last thing you have the capacity to do at the end of the film.

I would have like to have seen pictures of the doomed along side of pictures of the cast member. The doomed are included as a bonus in "United 93" CD, but still not along side of the cast member; it's hard to know who most of them are representing.

In Memoriam on September 11th, I watch televised reels of that day. I thought "United 93" was a memorial to those passengers. Then, I read a review on Amazon about "United 93" had the "f" bomb in it, so the person felt it was unsuitable for children. That was news to me. I missed the "f" bomb and kept looking for it in the film. Then, I saw it in the script. "United 93" is not a picture, although it was produced with a shooting script.
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