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Angel PatriotsThe Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America$
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Alexander T. Riley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479870479

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479870479.001.0001

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The Cultural Narratives of the Films on Flight 93

The Cultural Narratives of the Films on Flight 93

(p.219) 7 The Cultural Narratives of the Films on Flight 93
Angel Patriots

Alexander T. Riley

NYU Press

This chapter examines the cultural narratives of four films that have been made about United Airlines Flight 93: Flight 93, United 93, The Flight That Fought Back, and Portrait of Courage: The Untold Story of Flight 93. All four films were produced by different groups of people with varying authorial and commercial interests and goals, but they have one thing in common: each attempts to tell viewers the truth about the events that took place on Flight 93's final voyage. Peter Markles, the director of Flight 93, characterized his artistic goal as the production of “something that spoke the truth.” Paul Greengrass, who directed United 93, exudes a similar confidence about the veracity of his film's perspective. The Flight That Fought Back, directed by Bruce Goodison and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, features interview footage with family members of Flight 93 passengers and crew and various other sources. Portrait of Courage is based in part on Deena Burnett's Fighting Back, which presents a decidedly culturally conservative vision of the meaning of 9/11.

Keywords:   films, United Airlines Flight 93, Flight 93, United 93, The Flight That Fought Back, Portrait of Courage, Peter Markles, Paul Greengrass, Flight 93 passengers, 9/11

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