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United 93: The Shooting Script

United 93: The Shooting Script
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: Paul Greengrass
Publisher: Newmarket Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 192
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 1557047529
ISBN-13: 9781557047526

About the Screenplay:

United 93 contains a facsimile of the initial treatment by Paul Greengrass as well as the complete shooting script. From the writer/director of The Bourne Supremacy and Bloody Sunday — this only book on the making of the landmark film, which re-creates in real time the events on 9/11 involving the passengers, crew, and flight controllers before and during the crash of United 93.

At what point is it okay to put such a painful time on the screen? According to Paul Greengrass — informed with interviews from more than 100 family members and friends of the fallen passengers and crew — the right time is when the families say "yes," which they all did. "Forty ordinary people had thirty minutes to confront the reality of the way that we're living now, decide on the best course of action and act ... they were the first people to inhabit the post-9/11 world," writes Greengrass in the treatment he wrote explaining why and how he wanted to make this movie.

United 93 also contains: a Q&A with writer Paul Greengrass; 9/11 Live by Michael Bronner; film reviews by Martin Amis, Peter Bradshaw, David Denby, and Stephen King; 38 colour stills and behind-the-scenes photos; list of Flight 93's crew and passengers; and full cast and crew credits.

What people say:

"United 93 is honorably and artful as a re-creation of history. And as a film experience it's both unbearable and unmissable. As for the United 93 passengers — in movie terms, and in the life of the world — they are the first heroes of the 21st century." — Time Magazine

"United 93 is one to put on the same shelf with The Godfather. It seems clear that this painful subject has spurred at least one director — Paul Greengrass — to the best work of his life." — Stephen King

"It's a mark of Greengrass' unequaled gift for believably re-creating reality that, once seen, it's impossible to get United 93 out of your mind." — Los Angeles Times

"This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims." — Chicago Sun-Times

About the Screenwriter:

Paul Greengrass wrote and directed the international blockbuster The Bourne Supremacy. A veteran of the seminal Granada documentary series World in Action, he co-wrote Spycatcher, the banned memoirs of former MI5 officer Peter Wright, and is best known for his trio of critically lauded, documentary-style TV dramas based on controversial tragedies: The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Bloody Sunday and Omagh, which he co-wrote and produced. He has also written and directed many documentaries including the official Live Aid documentary, Food, Trucks and Rock and Roll. He lives in England.