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George Bush watches <i>United 93</i>

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Washington (UNI): US President George W Bush got to relive part of the day when he watched the movie United 93 at the White House with his wife, Laura, along with some family members of those who died on the flight. The film, which opened last month to critical acclaim, is a real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. It is an emotionally-packed and moving fact-based story about the passengers aboard doomed flight United 93 that was the fourth terrorist attack plane on September 11, 2001. The passengers on the flight, as a result of a delay on takeoff that placed them behind the planned attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, are able to learn of the attacks and discern that this is no mere high-jacking.

While the real events that caused the ultimate crash of the plane can never be known, the events depicted would appear to be as might be expected. The scariest part of the film is the unpreparedness of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the military in dealing with the situation. Four young Arabians prepared themselves physical and spiritually in order to hijack flight United 93, the night before the fatal September 11, 2001. The three planes were hijacked on the same day. British director Paul Greengrass gives a close version about what could possibly happen inside the plane, based upon the last recordings from the pilot cabin and the telephone calls made by the passengers.

The movie shows how the passengers tried to subdue the terrorists, one of them with a bomb tied to his waist, once they had killed both pilots and one of the passengers. Despite the courage of the passengers, the United Airlines' plane, with an original route to San Francisco, crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, without reaching its target, located in Washington DC. ''The president has always said that ... the passengers and the crew members on the flight were heroes,'' White House spokesman Dana Perino said.

United 93 is the first feature film to deal explicitly with the events of 9/11. Families of the 40 passengers and crew members killed on the United Flight 93 cooperated in the production, offering Greengrass detailed background about their loved ones, down to the clothes they wore, what reading materials or music they had with them and what sort of candy they might have snacked on aboard the plane.

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