United 93

2006 R 1h 51m DVD

United 93

2006 R 1h 51m DVD
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Re-creating the harrowing events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 in real time, filmmaker Paul Greengrass presents the devastating drama of Sept. 11, 2001, as experienced by those on board and by those watching in horror on the ground.
J.J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams, Opal Alladin, Starla Benford, Trish Gates, Nancy McDoniel, Khalid Abdalla, Louis Alsamari, Alan Basche, Denny Dillon, Chip Zien, Peter Marinker, Cheyenne Jackson, Simon Poland
Paul Greengrass
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film isn't for younger kids. Upsetting and provocative, it raises sophisticated questions about the construction of history and uses of memory. The movie includes frequent cuts that create tension and link scenes in the jet and air traffic control, military, and the FAA centers. The hijackers betray nervousness but remain resolute in pursuing what they see as their destiny. Television images of the second plane hitting the WTC recall 9/11 as most viewers experienced it. The final assault by passengers on the hijackers is particularly grim and violent, with ragged images and blood splattering on a wall. Some strong language.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


CNN's footage of the WTC burning, and the second plane hitting the second tower, approximates characters' perspectives, at once horrifying and unbelievable (again); hijackers carry knives and fake bomb; throats/shoulders slashed, stabbing, and an assault by passengers on the hijackers that occurs mostly offscreen, but shows blood splatted on the wall from a skull crushed by a fire extinguisher; last images are harrowing, blurry and rushed and fragmented, until the plane crashes and the screen goes black.


Language escalates as the action, frustration, and dread build; includes "damn," f-words, s-words, and "hell."

Social Behavior

Crew members and passengers are smart and heroic.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mention of drinks at start, during cabin service.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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