Last week I watched a preview copy of the Discovery Channel movie, "The Flight That Fought Back." The movie is about Flight 93 which was hijacked and crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11. The movie was not quite what I expected. I thought it would strictly be a drama that might even take great artistic license to help the viewer "imagine" what happened on Flight 93. It is much better than that. Instead, the movie combines a dramatization with first hand accounts of those who knew the passengers aboard Flight 93, many of whom were in telephone contact with them that day as plans were made to attempt to overpower the hijackers. The movie also uses a good bit of narration (by Keiffer Sutherland) to provide background about airport procedure and policies, evidence that was found after the crash, and about other events taking place that day outside of that one plane.
I found myself crying off and on through the first half of the movie. Maybe it was just the thought that all those rushing to make their flights were rushing to their deaths that made me so emotional. But more likely, it was because the movie brought back the events of that day so vividly through the use of real television broadcasts (although unfortunately all used were CNN) and audio from some of the actual telephone recordings left by those who died on that plane. The format of the movie follows the timeline pieced together largely from the cell phone calls that were made by passengers on the plane. Before watching the movie, I visited this site and read the timeline. I found just reading the timeline to be quite emotional, but while the movie made me cry, it is not upsetting. It sheds light on many events of that day and beautifully honors those who lost their lives on that flight. I definitely recommend the movie.
Arthur Chrenkoff also highly recommends the movie and posted the following from the Discovery Channel website about their efforts to raise money for a Flight 93 memorial:
Discovery Communications will air two specially created public service announcements that encourage viewers to donate to the Flight 93 National Memorial fund. The PSAs, one of which features Sarah Wainio, the sister of Honor Elizabeth Wainio who was a Discovery Communications employee aboard Flight 93, will air during the premiere of THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK and across Discovery's U.S. networks on September 11. DVDs of THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK will be available online at www.discoverystore.com. Discovery Communications will contribute all revenue generated from DVD sales to the Flight 93 National Memorial fund. In addition, from September 11 to September 17, a percentage of all retail revenue from any Discovery product sale will be contributed to the memorial fund. Visit the site, and consider donating to the cause.
I will post a reminder before the airing, which is Sunday night, September 11, at 9 p.m. Vist this website to learn more about the movie. Here is a Q&A with the movie's producer that reveals some additional information.
UPDATE II: For those who found their way here searching for information on The Flight That Fought Back, please consider adding this site to your list of "favorites" and/or your blogroll. (Hey, you can always remove it later if you don't like what you see.)