World Trade Center
World Trade Center
Directed by Oliver Stone
Produced by Moritz Borman

Debra Hill
Michael Shamberg
Stacey Sher

Written by Andrea Berloff

Nicolas Cage
Maria Bello
Michael Peña
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Stephen Dorff
Jon Bernthal
Jay Hernandez
Michael Shannon
Donna Murphy
Frank Whaley
Jude Ciccolella
Danny Nucci

Music by Craig Armstrong
Cinematography Seamus McGarvey
Editing by David Brenner
Julie Monroe
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release August 9, 2006
Running time 129 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $65 million
Gross revenue $163 million

World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Dorff and Michael Shannon. The film was shot between October 19, 2005, and February 10, 2006, and released on August 9, 2006.


On September 11, 2001, Port Authority Police officers John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno are patrolling the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan when they see a plane fly dangerously low overhead. As all of the police officers return to the station, they see on TV that the North Tower of the World Trade Center has been hit by the plane. Sergeant McLoughlin assigns many of the officers to assist in a precautionary evacuation attempt of the North Tower and they board a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus. On the bus, they hear reports that the South Tower is also hit by another plane. When they arrive at the World Trade Center, they realize the extent of the disaster, and see one of the victims jump out of the towers to certain death. The men proceed to get safety equipment from Building 5 and enter the concourse between the towers.

The group consists of McLoughlin, Jimeno, Dominick Pezzulo and Antonio Rodrigues. Officer Christopher Amoroso appears to inform them of other events, such as the attack on the Pentagon, the second plane's hit on the South Tower and an attack on Israel though the group does not accept any of these as true. As the men prepare to enter the North Tower, the buildings begin to rumble. McLoughlin realizes that the South Tower is collapsing onto them and that their only chance of survival is to run into the service elevator shaft. Amoroso trips and does not have time to get up. Rodrigues is unable to get to the shaft in time. McLoughlin, Jimeno and Pezzulo manage to escape the huge amounts of dust and rubble flying down from the South Tower. However, as the rubble continues to crush the elevator shaft, the three are trapped. As the cascade of debris subsides, Pezzulo realizes he can free himself and manages to move nearer to Jimeno who, along with McLoughlin, is pinned under rubble and cannot move. Pezzulo tries but fails to shift the debris covering Jimeno's legs and is instructed by McLoughlin not to leave.

As Pezzulo becomes optimistic that they will live, the rumbling begins again as the North Tower starts to collapse. Although Jimeno and McLoughlin are not further harmed, Pezzulo is fatally injured when a concrete slab falls into the hole, crushing his torso. After he fires a gun through a gap in the rubble to try to alert rescuers to their position, he dies. Jimeno and McLoughlin spend hours under the rubble, in pain but exchanging stories about their lives and families. McLoughlin is particularly anxious to keep Jimeno from falling asleep and Jimeno also realizes that by straining to grab a metal bar above his body, he can make a noise that rescuers might hear. Two United States Marines, Dave Karnes and Jason Thomas, who are searching for survivors, do hear it and find the men, calling for help to dig them out. Jimeno is rescued first, and then hours later McLoughlin is lifted out of the debris, barely alive and in critical condition. They are then both reunited with their distraught families at the hospital. Two years after the attacks, McLoughlin and Jimeno attend a barbecue with their families: McLoughlin's wife Donna, Jimeno's wife Allison, daughter Bianca, and their newest addition Olivia.

The epilogue states that John and Will were two of the 20 people pulled out alive and are now retired from active duty. Dave Karnes re-enlisted in the Marines.


  • Nicolas Cage as John McLoughlin
  • Maria Bello as Donna McLoughlin
  • Michael Peña as Will Jimeno
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Allison Jimeno
  • Stephen Dorff as NYPD ESU Rescueman Scott Strauss
  • Jon Bernthal as Officer Christopher Amoroso
  • Jay Hernandez as Officer Dominick Pezzulo
  • Michael Shannon as Marine Sgt. Dave Karnes
  • Donna Murphy as Judy Jonas
  • Frank Whaley as Paramedic Chuck Sereika
  • Jude Ciccolella as Inspector Fields
  • Danny Nucci as Officer Giraldi
  • William Mapother as Marine Sgt. Jason Thomas
  • Wass Stevens as Officer Pat McLoughlin
  • Armando Riesco as Officer Antonio Rodrigues
  • Nicholas Turturro as Officer Colovito
  • Ned Eisenberg as Officer Polnicki
  • Dara Coleman as Officer Boel
  • Nick Damici as Lt. Kassimatis
  • Arthur Nascarella as FDNY Chief at Ground Zero
  • Patti D'Arbanville as Donna's Friend
  • Viola Davis as Mother in Hospital
  • Will Jimeno as Port Authority Police Officer
  • Aimee Mullins as Reporter

External links

Nicolas Cage films

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)  · Face/Off (1997)  · World Trade Center (2006)  · Kick-Ass (2010)  ·

Maggie Gyllenhaal films
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