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WTC in Movies Blog
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Couple of movies

WTC View has a few shots

7min 22sec

7min 25sec

7min 28 sec

15 min 39 sec

15min 42sec

1hr 28min 29sec

1hr 28min 32sec

1hr 28min 37sec

1hr 28min 40sec

1hr 28min 48sec


9 1/2 Weeks has at least one (poissbly two) shots

Around 1hr 1min 

and 1hr 23min 43sec

This is a night shot so I'm not positive that any of the buildings are the WTC but one could be 

Posted by italianaries322 at 10:47 PM CDT
Sunday, December 27, 2015
The Big Short
Found a shot of this one.  About 2 minutes in.

Posted by italianaries322 at 12:33 AM CST
Secret in Their Eyes

Hey found some WTC shots in this movie.


Roughly around 8 min, 11 min, and 29 min. 

Posted by italianaries322 at 12:31 AM CST
Friday, November 13, 2015
There is some brief 9/11 footage about an hour and a half into this movie.

Posted by italianaries322 at 10:17 PM CST
Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Walk

Did everyone see that they now have a trailer out for "The Walk," which will come out in October? For those who don't know, "The Walk" is based on the true story of Philippe Petit's famous 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers. "The Walk" will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit. Here is the trailer:

 I am really conflicted about this. First of all, this story has already been told as a fantastic documentary called "Man on Wire," which everyone should see. So we really don't need this movie. Second of all, it will probably involve lots of terrible french accents from Gordon-Levitt and other Americans playing various french people. Third, it's directed by Robert Zemeckis, which in my opinion is not a good thing. 

But on the other hand, let's face it, I have an obsession with staring at the World Trade Center--whether it's in old photos and movies, or nowadays when it's digitally recreated. If you don't believe me, see my previous post in which I combed through the completely forgotten 1996 Whoopi Goldberg movie "The Associate" for additional images of the WTC. And this movie "The Walk" will be basically nothing BUT digitally recreated images of the WTC--are you kidding!? It's like opening a door for Scarface to a room full of cocaine. I've got no chance!

I've already watched the 2-minute trailer about 20 times, and I'll watch it again right after I post this. The movie's going to be in 3-D and IMAX, which is going to be creepily immersive--in other words, right up my alley. So there's no doubt at all that I'm going to watch this at least once in the theater, even though it's almost sure to be terrible. I'm hopeless. Curse you, Hollywood!

Posted by hallyn1 at 10:47 AM CDT
There's another WTC in "The Associate" at about 1:08

Hey, for whatever reason "The Associate" is in HBO's rotation right now. I noticed that you only had the WTC listed in the opening shot, and I was pretty sure that given the Wall Street setting of the movie, there had to be more shots of it than that.

Sure enough, there is one at about the 1 hour 8 minute mark, although it's only a partial shot. It comes right at the end of a tracking shot with Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne West walking along the East River. They stop directly accross from them, and you'll see them right above Whoopi's head. 

Here's a picture of it I took off my TV, so you can see (I don't know if this blog lets me upload a picture, so apologies if it doesn't come through):



Posted by hallyn1 at 10:30 AM CDT
Thursday, May 21, 2015
I was hoping for a WTC shot in the "Mad Men" finale

Was anyone else hoping for a shot of an under-construction World Trade Center in the "Mad Men" finale? In the final shot, we leave protagonist ad man Don Draper in California. It's inferred, though, that he returns home to NYC to create the now legendary "I'd like to teach the world to sing" Coke commercial. And while I liked the actual ending, how cool would it have been had the final shot of the series shown Don looking downtown from his balcony--smoking contemplatively, of course--at the partially built towers?

For those of you who weren't fans, the show ended right in 1970/71, so the timing would have lined up perfectly. At that time, both towers were a little more than halfway complete, looking very "Return of the Jedi" Death Star-ish. Besides being a cool shot, it also would have generated approximately a million thinkpiece essays on its signficance and symbolism, all of which I would have liked to have read. Oh well... 

Posted by hallyn1 at 10:23 PM CDT
Monday, April 27, 2015
"A Most Violent Year"
Hey, I don't know if you've caught it yet, but "A Most Violent Year," which came out last year and is available on demand, has a couple of recreated shots of the WTC. That's honestly the main reason I rented it, although it was also a decent movie, too. Once I knew it was set in 1981, I knew they'd have to do something.

Posted by hallyn1 at 9:06 PM CDT
Friday, October 17, 2014
Creative Manifestation
Now Playing: Deep Impact

Thanks so much for your website and blog!

I watched Deep Impact recently and it dawned on me that the twin towers figure in apocalyptic films (or they did) and were on occasion the visual subject matter in a scene - being destroyed or nearly destroyed.

I am wondering about the effects of such a strong visual statement in terms of creative manifestation. Of course, then I also start to think about the effects of a visual of the entire planet being destoyed, but that's another blog.  

In Deep Impact, for example, the twin towers are a major focal point as the tidal wave sweeps over NYC. As the water recedes, the towers are left forlornly slumped against each other, but are, again, the focal point of the scene.

I'm looking for scenes of the twin towers in apocalyptic situations or scenes of mass destruction in film, where the towers are the visual focal point, the subject of the scene. The WTC in movies website will be invaluable for this research, again thank you so much!


Posted by starflower311 at 2:17 PM CDT
Saturday, September 13, 2014
7 WTC?

I know the blog is about the twin towers but it might be interesting to at least add notes about the other buildings in the WTC complex, or even the area (WFC, etc), that were lost that day. Even the PATH station might be interesting to note. 

One I recall specifically to start with is Working Girl (1988) has significant scenes set (and actually filmed) inside 7 WTC, and has a very neat aerial zoom out from an office in that building at the end, showing the building and area. 

Posted by shoobe01 at 1:12 AM CDT

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