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« on: January 06, 2010, 12:49:32 am »

The World Trade Center has been featured in films, television shows, cartoons, comic books, and computer games.

Most notable appearances
Date  ↓    Title  ↓    Notes  ↓    IMDB  ↓
1975    Three Days of the Condor    Three Days of the Condor has Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) offices based in the World Trade Center.[1] James Sanders characterizes the World Trade Center and its offices as depicted in Three Days of the Condor as "a cold, anonymous, largely soulless environment...The Trade Center was not in its design a humane public place, a soulful place."[2]    [1]
1976    King Kong    In this version, the final scene took place at the World Trade Center, instead of the Empire State Building where the scene took place in the original film. The change was due partially to poster campaign [2] and to acknowledge that the Twin Towers had taken the Empire State Building's place as the tallest building in the world, the reason that the Empire State Building was chosen in the first place. The death of King Kong was filmed using a styrofoam stand-in, which was equipped with electrical wiring, hydraulic hoses and jacks to control its movements.[3]    [3]
1978    The Wiz    The 1978 film adaptation of the musical The Wiz uses the Twin Towers as the location of "The Wiz" in the Emerald City, and a musical number was shot on the plaza between the two towers.[1]    [4]
1983    Trading Places    The 1983 film Trading Places includes an external shot of the towers (at the plaza level) where Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy enter the COMEX commodities trading floor in 4 World Trade Center which is featured in the climax of the film.[4]
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010, 12:50:12 am »

1988    Working Girl    Working Girl features the Trade Center complex in its opening sequence moving from the Staten Island Ferry to Lower Manhattan. Advertising and promotional pieces for the film also used images of the World Trade Center heavily. The film itself is set in 7 World Trade Center.[1]    [6]    
1992    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York features the Trade Center complex after Kevin realizes he's all alone in New York, he catches a taxi and arrives at the plaza and goes up to the observation deck.    [7]    
2008    Man on Wire    Man on Wire is a documentary film that chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Despite being made in 2008, it makes no reference to the towers' destruction.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010, 12:50:36 am »

Other 1971–2001 appearances

The World Trade Center appeared in nearly any film or television shot of downtown Manhattan, since the buildings were an integral part of the skyline.
Date  ↓    Title  ↓    Notes  ↓    IMDB  ↓
1971    The French Connection    The 1971 film The French Connection shows the still under construction complex in the background during the unloading of the "drug car" in Brooklyn Heights.[6]    [9]
1972    The Hot Rock    The 1972 film The Hot Rock includes footage taken from a helicopter flying toward the World Trade Center, still under construction.[7]    [10]
1981    Escape from New York    In the 1981 film Escape from New York, the lead character lands a glider on the roof of the World Trade Center. The film also has a group of terrorists crash Air Force One into a different New York City building.[8]    [11]
1982    Mazes and Monsters    The 1982 made-for-television movie Mazes and Monsters includes a climactic scene at the top of the Twin Towers.[9][10]    [12]
1988    Oliver & Company    In the 1988 movie {{Oliver & Company]], the Twin Towers are shown in three scenes. 1st appearance is at the intro of the movie, showing the tip of Manhattan with the Twin Towers above, then pulling in closer towards the city showing a closer, better view of the two buldings. 2nd apperance is shown behind an a buliding. The 3rd/final appearance is shown from a body of water showing a good view of the 2 buildings at night, and during the day.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 12:50:54 am »

992    Freejack    In the 1992 movie Freejack, the Twin Towers are shown standing in the year 2009. In the last scene of the movie, just before the credits start rolling, the towers are seen in the background, just to the left of the 200 story tall "McCandless Building", which is in the future fortress of Battery Park City.[11][12]    [13]
1996    Independence Day    In the 1996 movie Independence Day, the Trade Center appears several times in the New York skyline, as a large alien ship arrives over the city. They are the tallest remnants of a ruined New York in a later shot with a toppled Statue of Liberty in the foreground.[4]    [14]
1998    Godzilla    The World Trade Center appears numerous times throughout the film and at the beginning of the film a T.V. reporter says that Godzilla's prescence in the city is the worst thing since the World Trade Center bombing of 1993.
1998    Jeans    The site appears in the Tamil film, Jeans, with the lead pair, Prashanth and Aishwarya Rai, dancing inside the tower and in areas surrounding the tower.    [15]
1998    Armageddon    The 1998 film Armageddon At first during a normal day in New York, the Twin Towers are shown in the background. Later, a meteor shower hits New York City in the beginning in the movie. The Twin Towers are shown three times during the meteor shower. The first appearance was a low point of view from between the towers looking up as large meteors pass over the towers. The second appearance is when the New York Financial District is shown as meteors passed by, one hitting the South Tower. The third appearance is New York City after the meteor shower. The North Tower had a hole on its north side of the tower while the top of the South Tower had been partially destroyed and was on fire. As a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the scene showing the towers getting hit and being on fire were cut when the movie aired on ABC in April 2002.[4]
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 12:51:30 am »

1999    Stuart Little    The World Trade Center can be seen when Stuart's mice parents drive over the Brooklyn Bridge and when they are arrive at the golf course.
2000    Kadhalar Dhinam    The site appears in the Tamil film, Kadhalar Dhinam, with the lead pair, Kunal Singh and Sonali Bendre, walking around New York, with the trade centre as the backdrop of the city.
2000    Left Behind: The Movie    The World Trade Center appeared in a brief scene of the New York skyline. The story, having been set in the future, would have taken place some time after the towers' destruction in the September 11, 2001 attacks.    [17]
2000    Model Behavior    The World Trade Center appeared in a brief scene of the New York skyline.
2000    Ready to Rumble    The World Trade Center appeared in a brief scene of the New York skyline as the RV leaves NYC.
2001    Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)    In the 2001 Steven Spielberg film Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), the towers were shown standing in the year 2142 where global warming has flooded many cities including New York City. Then, they are seen again, in the year 4142, many years after humanity has ceased to exist, this time covered in glacial ice but were one of the few buildings standing above the ice. Less than three months after the release, the towers were destroyed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Although risking controversy and criticism, Steven Spielberg left the towers in the DVD release.[1]    [1
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2002    Spider-Man    After the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, Sony recalled teaser posters which showed a close-up of Spider-Man's face with the New York skyline (including, prominently, the World Trade Center towers) reflected in his eyes. The movie's original trailer, released in 2001, featured a group of bank robbers on their getaway in a helicopter, which Spider-Man catches in a giant spider-web between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The trailer was pulled after the events of September 11, 2001, attacks and can be found on the internet.[13]
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010, 12:53:22 am »

Computer and video games

    * The 2007 computer game World in Conflict, set in 1989, revolves around the story that USSR did not collapse and the Cold War continued longer than in reality. The towers are visible in the background of the 10th mission, in which the player attempts to repel Russian Spetsnaz commandos from Liberty, Ellis and Governor's islands in an attempt to Invade the United States through New York City. The Towers are also prominently visible in one of the Trailers showcasing the invasion to show the location and time.

    * In the 2000 video game, Midnight Club: Street Racing the World Trade Center is easily identified in the game. Players can drive their car into the plaza in between the towers. They can also gain access to the underground parking garage beneath the towers, the site of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
    * Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (2001), by Activision, depicted the tops of the Twin Towers as part of the final stage, with the large radio antenna as a crucial piece to defeat the final boss, Hyper-Electro. After the 9/11 attack, the game was pulled and re-released, changing two stage titles and modifying the final stage to add a large bridge to it.[14]

    * In response to the events of September 11, Microsoft announced that future versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator would not include the Twin Towers in the game's New York City skyline. A patch was also made available to remove the WTC buildings from the existing versions of the simulator.[14]

    * Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (2002) feature a major plot on a ship going down the Hudson River, depicting the World Trade Center. The building was apparently cut from the game, delaying both games' releases.[14]
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010, 12:53:57 am »

    * Max Payne, features the World Trade Center in several billboards, and in some of the graphic novel cut scenes. They are visible in the PC version of the game, however, they are not visible in the Playstation 2 version of the game, which was released after the terrorist attacks.

    * Shortly after the attacks, the now defunct Westwood Studios pulled all remaining copies of the 2000 real-time strategy game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, whose box contained artwork of New York City under attack by invading Soviet forces; notable buildings depicted under attack included the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. The single player campaign of the game also contains a pair of missions in which the player was instructed to destroy The Pentagon and capture the World Trade Center as well as being able to destroy it. Westwood retooled the box art before re-releasing the game.[14]

    * The 1991 Arcade game King of Monsters features monsters fighting in different Destructible cities. Among them is New York City, where the Twin Towers can be Destroyed, even thrown at your enemy.

    * Streets of Rage, a game released in 1991 on the Sega Genesis features the Twin Towers in the background of the final boss battle, which apparently, occurs in World Trade Center 3 (otherwise known as the Vista Marriott). The towers can also be seen in Streets of Rage 2, in the second level, glowing in the background.

    * The 1994 action game Urban Strike, the third in the Strike series, features the scene of a giant laser deflecting from a satellite and hitting the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, thus marking the start of Mission 7, in which the player must accomplish three objectives before moving on to objective #4: rescuing 16 out of 20 NAFTA business leaders of the WTC (after hitting the radar building east of the WTC); and objective #5: disarming the time bomb in the South Tower (being careful not to cut either the green wire, as one of the members says, or the red wire). It is ironic that, although the game takes place in a fictional 2001 timeline when it was released in 1994, it would be seven years (marking the same number of the game's mission in New York City) before the actual year 2001 (i.e. September 11) would mark the damage of the Twin Towers not by a laser or time bomb, but by the planes crashing into the buildings, with its destruction rather than its survival (as in the game).
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2010, 12:55:01 am »

    * The first map of the 2000 game Deus Ex, set in 2052, encompasses Liberty Island and a bombed Statue of Liberty. The section of the New York City skyline containing the Twin Towers is absent, to reduce memory requirements for the map. The reason that the developers gave, if anyone asked, was that they had been destroyed by terrorists. "We just said that the towers had been destroyed too. And this was way before 9-11. Years. That's kind of freaky."[15]

    * Gundam Battle Assault 2 featured a view of a city in the opening monologue of the story mode. The Twin Towers can been seen scrolling by, though one tower had a large addition to its side.

    * The 2004 video game Spider-Man 2, the game adaptation of the movie, had a virtual New York City that Spider-Man could swing around in. At one spot, there is a large bit of sidewalk with two sets of eight lights arranged in a square. At night, the lights would come on, representing the Tribute in Light memorial.

    * The 2007 video game Spider Man 3, the final battle takes place at a construction site that bears a strong resemeblance to the North Tower, possibly the Twin Towers 2.

    * The 2005 video game True Crime: New York City, features a fenced in "ground zero" where all there is the concrete foundation and a blue fence surrounding it but it is inaccessible.

    * Driver: Parallel Lines (2006) features a slightly modified World Trade Center complex in the game's depiction of New York City in 1978, lacking the Marriott World Trade Center hotel, as it was only completed in 1981. However, the complex features The Sphere, a 1967 Fritz Koenig sculpture, near the middle of the complex. Although unlike the real complex, a road cuts through what is supposed to be the center of the plaza. In the latter half of the game, set in New York in the year 2006, the entire complex (including the twin towers) is replaced by a fenced-off building site.

    * In Tycoon City: New York, the World Trade Center is paid tribute to in the form of two very tall trees standing side by side, representing the Towers. Further into the park, there is a Pentagon-shaped base, with an American Flag at half mast. An inscription on the side reads We Will Never Forget.

    * In the 1998 game, Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA, the entire World Trade Center complex is featured on the 'New York: Downtown' track. Buildings 1 - 6, and the western pedestrian bridge are all accessible to drive around. The stairways on both sides of the complex doubles as a jump for the racers.

    * In Aero Fighters 2 (1994) for the Neo-Geo, the first half of the U.S. level takes place in New York City, featuring the World Trade Center in the background. In tradition of most top-down shooters, the buildings can be destroyed by shooting them multiple times.
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2010, 12:55:44 am »

Films
1970s

1973

    * Godspell - musical number "All for the Best" performed by film's cast at the top of tower nearing completion.
    * Serpico - at the end right before Pacino is shot.

1974

    * The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three - can be seen briefly through the back window of a car.

1975

    * Dog Day Afternoon - opening credits

1976

    * In the remake of the 1933 classic Kong, King Kong (1976), Kong climbes the WTC instead of the Empire State Building.
    * In the movie, Taxi Driver, the World Trade Center together with the lower Manhattan skyline is framed by the window behind Travis Bickle as he purchases a gun.

1977

    * Saturday Night Fever - several times. Opening credits, and when John Travolta leaves and comes back to Brooklyn.
    * Kentucky Fried Movie - the Manhattan skyline is shown with the Statue of Liberty in view.

1978

    * In the film Superman, the Twin Towers makes a crucial scene as he performs one of his first rescues for the public, announcing his presence. The Twin Towers are seen in the background of the night sky as Superman turns around, while flying, making a dramatic and powerful scene. Highlighting the strength of Superman and the strength of the nation he looks after. Although it may be interpreted in different ways, it does show to amplify the power of the moment when he first uses his powers for the public to see. Later on, the Twin Towers are shown briefly as Superman takes Lois Lane on a flying tour of the city by night.

1979

    * The film Meteor shows the Twin Towers hit by a meteor fragment.
    * Manhattan - at the 0 minute 53 second mark.
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2010, 12:57:30 am »

1980s

1980

    * Minor background scenes in Zombi 2.
    * Dressed to Kill - The characters of Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon are having a drink at Windows on the World, the restaurant on the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center toward the end of the movie.

1981

    * Escape from New York - In the film, Manhattan has become a maximum security prison. As Snake enters the island, he lands a gilder on top of the South Tower.

1982

    * Mazes and Monsters - Tom Hanks tries to jump off the South Tower when he thinks he can fly.

1983

    * Trading Places shows the twin towers near the end of the movie.
    * Terms of Endearment - Debra Winger gives a speech in front of the Towers on a cloudy day.

1984

    * Ghostbusters shows the World Trade Center in a few scenes from a far out view of the city.
    * Splash, the WTC is featured in a couple scenes.
    * The Pope of Greenwich Village - 2 establishing shots, and once when Eric Roberts is talking on a rooftop.
    * The Killing Fields - Near the middle after Sam Waterston returns to New York, he's outside with the Twin Towers in view.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2010, 12:58:35 am »

1986

    * The Australian comedy film Crocodile Dundee featured a shot of the twin towers as the first indication that Mick Dundee had arrived in New York.

1987

    * Wall Street with Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas, features the WTC in numerous scenes, especially the opening credits which has a number of sepia shots lingering on the towers and also features the WTC's PATH escalator bank.
    * Coming to America features a good night-time sequence of the towers when Akeem gives away a large sum of money to tramps Randolph and Mortimer (now bankrupt since the end of 'Trading Places').
    * The poster for the 1987 Michael Keaton workplace comedy The Squeeze features Keaton sandwiched between the Twin Towers, as a hand squeezes them together.
    * Moonstruck - in the opening credits and once again later.

1988

    * She-Devil with Roseanne Barr and Meryl Streep, briefly features the WTC in the background while Barr's character is searching for an office to open her own business venture.
    * Crocodile Dundee II - opening credits.
    * Big Business - Bette Midler movie - briefly seen in the background
    * Bright Lights Big City - seen at the end as a symbol of hope and change when Michael J Fox decides to get off drugs and start a new life
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2010, 01:00:20 am »

1989

    * The Dream Team features Michael Keaton, playing a pathological liar, pointing out the Trade Center, saying, "You see those two towers? World Trade Center. I was an architect working on them. First they just wanted to build one but I said, 'Hey, fellas, we're here - What the hell, let's throw another one up'. Turned out pretty well, didn't it?"
    * The World Trade Center can be seen in the opening credits of the comedy film, See No Evil, Hear No Evil.
    * Back to the Future II features a view across New York harbour of the WTC towers in 2015 on the cable TV station "The Scenery Channel".
    * Ghostbusters II Around the time in the film they had the mechanical Statue of Liberty walking across the city you can see the towers, along with a shot of the city with the towers at the end of the film. They are also the buildings from which Janosz (as the ghost-nanny) flies to kidnap Oscar.
    * In the beginning of the film Weekend at Bernie's where Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman are walking to work on a hot summer day, the twin towers are seen briefly in the background when a guy opens a water hydrant and is thrown to the sidewalk by the thrust of the water.
    * New York Stories - during all three segments. The Towers can be seen through the window of Nick Nolte's apartment. Later, Woody Allen's mother talks over the skyline.
    * When Harry Met Sally - after their drive from Chicago to New York.
    * Friday the 13th Part VIII - It could be seen when the main characters head towards Manhattan on a canoe.
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2010, 01:00:43 am »

1990s

1990

    * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Twin Towers are shown at the very beginning of the movie.
    * The Bonfire of the Vanities features an opening sequence following Bruce Willis through the basement of the World Trade Center Complex for nearly five minutes.
    * The Godfather Part III - early on, after the opening narration.

1992

    * Freejack starring Emilio Estevez and Mick Jagger, the Twin Towers are shown standing in the year 2009. In the last scene of the movie, just before the credits start rolling, the towers are seen in the background, just to the left of the 200 story tall "McCandless Building", which is in the future fortress of Battery Park City.
    * Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) visits the outdoor observation deck of the WTC and snaps a photograph of the view during a montage in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
    * Scent of a Woman - after Al Pacino gets pulled over for driving the ferrari too fast.
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1993

    * Super Mario Bros. the Twin Towers become the "Koopa Towers" in the film's parallel dimension, which is a dinosaur-laden Manhattan run by antagonist King Koopa (Dennis Hopper). The North Tower features a sharpened top while the South Tower is unfinished with a jagged top. Both are adorned with Koopa's signature "K" symbol . Both have rather demonic looks to them. The towers briefly replace the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan when the two worlds are merged for a short time.
    * We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, when the dinosaurs first arrive to New York City by the old Staten Island Ferry terminal they are shocked by how tall the twin towers are causing one of the dinosaurs to fall back into the East River. The towers are later seen several times throughout the animated film, sometimes portrayed as being side by side, other times one tower being rotated at an angle.

1994

    * The Last Seduction- the towers are plainly visible as Bridget runs from cab to getaway car with the bag of money.
    * The Cowboy Way - the towers can be seen as the boat enters manhattan

1995

    * Die Hard: With a Vengeance the towers can be seen behind behind McClane and Zeus as they are jogging away from Wall Street.
    * Mortal Kombat: Annihilation showed a brief shot of New York City including the towers after Liu Kang defeated Shao Kahn.
    * The Usual Suspects - right after the cop car is set on fire.

1996

    * Independence Day- After the aliens destroy New York City, there is a brief shot of the Twin Towers, severed in half and on fire.
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