On September 11, 2001, members of the Port Authority Police are dispatched to Midtown Manhattan in response to the North Tower of the World Trade Center having been hit by a plane. The officers learn en route that the South Tower also was hit by another plane. Sergeant John McLoughlin, veteran of the 1993 bombing, assembles a group of volunteers including officers Will Jimeno and Dominick Pezzulo, to retrieve rescue equipment from Building 5.
As the officers prepare to enter the North Tower from the concourse, the South Tower begins to collapse onto them, and McLoughlin realizes that their only chance of survival is to take shelter in the elevator shaft. McLoughlin, Jimeno, and Pezzulo are the only survivors, but they are trapped beneath the rubble. Pezzulo tries but fails to free Jimeno, whose lower half is pinned. McLoughlin, who is also pinned, listens helplessly as the North Tower begins to collapse. Pezzulo is fatally injured when a concrete slab crushes his torso. He fires his sidearm into the air and succumbs to his injuries. Jimeno and McLoughlin spend painful, terrifying hours under the rubble telling each other about their lives. Meanwhile, their families try to learn if they are still alive.
When Building 7 collapses, both men scream and accept their demise, but they survive unharmed. McLoughlin tries to keep Jimeno awake by encouraging him to repeatedly pull on a metal pipe that potential rescuers might hear. Hours pass, and McLoughlin falls in and out of consciousness. Both agree to stay alive for one another.
Two United States Marines, Dave Karnes and Jason Thomas, who are searching for survivors, hear the noise produced by Jimeno and find the men, calling for help to dig them out. After hours and effort by first responders, Jimeno is rescued first, and then hours later McLoughlin is lifted out of the debris in critical condition. Both men are reunited with their families at the hospital and undergo medical treatment, including extensive surgeries, and McLoughlin is placed in a medically induced coma.
In 2003, Jimeno and McLoughlin, both medically retired from duty, attend a celebratory barbecue with their families. The epilogue reveals that both men were two of twenty people found alive at Ground Zero, and they were numbers nineteen and twenty, respectively. David Karnes reenlisted in the Marines and served two tours in the Iraq War.
World Trade Center is a 2006 American docudrama disaster film directed by Oliver Stone, based on the experience of a few police officers during the September 11 attacks, in which they were trapped in the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Dorff, and Michael Shannon. The film was shot between October 2005 and February 2006, and theatrically released in the United States on August 9, 2006. The film was met with generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $163 million worldwide.
|World Trade Center|
|Theatrical release poster|
|Directed by||Oliver Stone|
|Written by||Andrea Berloff|
|Produced by||Moritz BormanDebra HillMichael ShambergStacey Sher|
|Starring||Nicolas CageMichael PeñaMaggie GyllenhaalMaria BelloStephen DorffJay HernandezMichael Shannon|
|Edited by||David BrennerJulie Monroe|
|Music by||Craig Armstrong|
|Double Feature FilmsIntermedia FilmsIxtlanKernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft & CompanySaturn Films|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date||August 9, 2006|
|Running time||129 minutes|
|Box office||$163.2 million|