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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2010, 01:02:46 am »

1997

    * Men in Black - the Twin Towers are in the background of the scene on the turnpike where the agents intercept the fleeing extraterrestrial family (one of whom gives birth). The finale of its 2002 sequel, Men in Black II, was set to take place atop one of the WTC buildings. Due to the fate of the towers, however, this was modified prior to release. The original ending can be seen on the DVD release as the "alternate ending".
    * The made-for-television film Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing chronicled the events leading up to and shortly after the 1993 attack.
    * In the film Donnie Brasco, in the background, during the scene by the water when Lefty reveals he is going to make Donnie a "made man"
    * Copland - just before the closing credits.
    * Jungle 2 Jungle - The Twin Tower complex can be seen near the beginning of the film. Tim Allen's character is shown walking out rotating doors. The scene then changes to an upwards shot of both towers while Tim Allen's character continues with his dialogue. The camera then pans down towards the front of the complex while the main speaking characters continue to walk off screen.
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2010, 01:03:13 am »

1998

    * Antz - the opening shot shows what appears to be the New York skyline including the World Trade Center, but turns out to actually be grass. At the ending shot of the movie, the camera pans out of the anthill, which is in Central Park. The real New York City skyline appears in the background including the Twin Towers, appearing closer than they actually are (In real life you couldn't see the Twin Towers from Central Park unless you are high above it). The Twin Towers (a real picture of them) appear on the movie poster, along with the Empire State Building.
    * TV movie Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, a TV Reporter from a news chopper is reporting the damage, the Two Towers had a few small fires on them, and the TV Reporter said "They look good. They're both still standing." They also appear in the ending behind the Statue of Liberty which was under reconstruction.
    * Deep Impact A comet hits the earth, causing a megatsunami that hits the east coast. As the tsunami strikes New York the Twin Towers are shown as the wave engulfs them. At the end of the tsunami scene the water recedes, and the Twin Towers can be seen poking out of the water as the only buildings left standing.
    * Half Baked The Twin Towers provide backdrop in a number of scenes including the intro. The character of Thurgood (played by Dave Chappelle stands on the Brooklyn Bridge awaiting "Mary Jane" (Rachel True) towards the end of the film. During this scene, the Twin Towers are clearly visible in the background.
    * Armageddon depicts the Twin Towers (along with many other famous landmarks) severely damaged after New York City was struck by a meteor shower.
    * Godzilla, a news report said that the event of Godzilla destroying the city was worse than the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The two towers can be seen before Godzilla arrives at the city.
    * The documentary The Cruise, bus tour guide Speed Levitch, who is the focal point of the film, suggests to a tourist that she stand in the plaza between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and spin around in circles, then look up and experience the illusion of the towers toppling down on her. In a scene later in the film, Speed appears in the plaza of the World Trade Center, performing this very ritual.
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2010, 01:03:54 am »

1999

    * Trick, which revolves around two gay men trying to find a place to have sex and eventually fall in love that same night. Near the end of the movie, an establishing morning shot is shown centered on Twin Towers in the early morning, and on the final scene a pan out zooms from the main character and pulls out to where we see the Twin's and a portion of 7 World Trade Center from Greenwich Village.
    * The Matrix, Morpheus describes where Neo has gone by entering him into the Matrix system. He shows a scene from NY in a Matrix TV including the WTC before the 200 years prior to Neo's coming, to what the towers looked like 200 years later. The towers lost a heavy amount of concrete like most NYC buildings, but they were still both standing.
    * Bicentennial Man, the future New York showed the WTC three times its height.
    * Being John Malkovich - after John Cusack goes through the portal the first time.
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« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2010, 01:06:07 am »

2000s

    * The World Trade Center is seen in the opening of the TV-mini series the 10th Kingdom, (2000). The opening shows New York City crumbling into mountains, waterfalls and castles. The Empire State Building crumbles and turns into a mountain, the Plaza Hotel teraforms into a majestic Castle, and the Twin Towers are drawn into the ground as 7 World Trade Center disintegrates.
    * In the 2001 film Gypsy 83, Gypsy and Clive finally arrive in New York City, they see the Empire State Building and World Trade Center at night from the New Jersey Turnpike. At the final scene in the movie, Gypsy goes to visit her mother's grave in a cemetery in New Jersey, the towers and the rest of Lower Manhattan can be seen in the distance.
    * 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.
    * Made - Released just a few weeks before the attacks, Jon Favreau walks outside with the Twin Towers in view near the end just before the bar shootout.
    * The 2002 TV movie It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie depicts Kermit the Frog travelling to an alternate universe in which he had never been born. With the guidance of his guardian angel Daniel (David Arquette), Kermit seeks out this world's Miss Piggy who lives alone and works as a telephone psychic. From her apartment window, the twin towers of the World Trade Center can be seen.
    * In the 2009 film Mao's last dancer the twin towers are clearly seen in a close up shot in a poster.
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« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2010, 01:09:33 am »

Post-9/11

    * On November 2, 2001, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV premiered in New York City. During the following months after September 11 nearly all movies made in New York had the towers removed either by editing the footage out or digitally removing them from the frame. Lloyd Kaufman relates, in his book Make Your Own Damn Movie, that he felt audiences would be able to see the Twin Towers in film without being distressed. The opening narration features the Twin Towers prominently and it is reported[who?] that the audience cheered.
    * Released in September 2002, "Igby Goes Down" is also one of the last films to show the twin towers. Establishing shots with the towers in prominent view were removed intentionally, however, remaining in the final cut of the film are two brief, street-level shots from SoHo showing part of one tower in the background.
    * In Spider-Man (2002), the towers receive a few discreet cameos throughout the movie. The film's original trailer showed a web spun by Spider-Man between the two towers and was withdrawn after the attacks, although the towers did appear briefly in Spider-man's eyes, and towards the end of the movie when he climbed up the American International Building.
    * The 2002 Spike Lee film 25th Hour directly incorporates the ruins of the Twin Towers. The opening credits are shown over views of the Tribute in Light, and one scene takes place at the apartment of Frank Slaughtery, which overlooks the site.
    * The end segments of the movie Vanilla Sky feature the Twin Towers still standing in the panoramic city background. This is plausible as the ending scene to this movie, it is revealed, is created from the lead character's memory. If he remembers the Twin Towers to still be standing, then they would still appear in the skyline.
    * The first 9/11 dramatization, 2002's Stairwell: Trapped in the World Trade Center, showed a number of different shots of the towers. The footage was shot in 1999 and was originally going to be used in a movie about the 1993 bombing. The movie, titled Hellevator, was shelved after the September 11 attacks.
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« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2010, 01:14:34 am »

# Martin Scorsese's 2002 film Gangs of New York, about life in New York's Five Points neighborhood in the 1860s, featured an ending sequence showing the city's skyline slowly progressing to its modern form. The final shot featured the World Trade Center restored to the skyline using computer-generated imagery. This scene also included a voiceover by one of the characters who said, (to paraphrase) "those who lived in those times would never forget what it was like".
# The 2004 film Miracle, set in 1979 and 1980, features a digitally re-inserted shot of the towers just prior to the USA hockey team's exhibition game against the USSR at Madison Square Garden. Oddly, the buildings of the World Financial Center, which would not be built for several years, are also included in the shot.
# In the 2004 film Spider-Man 2, the North Tower and 7 World Trade Center are briefly seen in a piece of stock footage showing the West Side Highway after Doc-Ock breaks out of the hospital. The footage is flipped horizontally, making it seem as if the skyline was viewed from the East River, the two buildings are only visible in the Wide Screen Edition. Like its predecessor, Spider-Man, both movies show the World Trade Center despite the events of 9/11.
# The towers are the focus of the last shot of Steven Spielberg's 2005 film Munich. A period film ending in 1973, the towers' presence served as a reminder that the troubles in the Middle East depicted in the film had not ended by 2001, when the World Trade Center was destroyed, or by 2005, when the movie was released. Despite the movie ending in 1973, several post-1980s postmodern skyscrapers are still seen in the skyline as they would be seen today.
# In the poster for the 2006 film United 93, the Twin Towers can be seen just under the Statue of Liberty's crown. As they were on 9/11, the North Tower was on fire and a plane, United Airlines Flight 175, is heading towards the South Tower. In the film itself, the towers are the last glimpse of Manhattan caught by the passengers (most notably the lead hijacker, played by Lewis Alsamari), through a plane window as the flight departs Newark International Airport. While the intact complex was digitally re-inserted into the skyline, its destruction was shown through actual news footage.
# The 2006 remake of the horror classic The Omen had a few screenshots of 9/11 as well as the 2004 Tsunami and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
# The 2006 movie Click, starring Adam Sandler, features a futuristic wedding scene with a futuristic version of the Twin Towers in the background, which was actually two Freedom Towers, the final design for the main tower of the new World Trade Center.
# Oliver Stone directed World Trade Center (released on August 9, 2006), the first feature-length film about the attacks on the Twin Towers themselves. It stars Nicolas Cage as Port Authority police officer John McLoughlin, one of the first men called to the scene of the 9/11 attacks. This movie has received much controversy, just like United 93. Although it's the second film about the September 11th attacks to be released to theaters (following United 93), it is the first dramatic non-documentary film based on 9/11.
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« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2010, 01:15:14 am »

# The 2007 movie The Kingdom, the opening sequence revolves around the history of U.S. involvement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including Terrorist Attacks during the 90's. A map is shown during the sequence showing America as the #1 Oil consumer in 2000, America rises like a bar graph and soon turns into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, with United Airlines Flight 175 heading torwards it. The screen blanks and quickly shows the Island of Manhattan with the World Trade Center site on fire.
# The 2007 movie We Own the Night, features a scene in which Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix have a discussion in an NYPD station in Brooklyn and the World Trade Center Towers can been seen behind them through a window. The film takes place in 1988, 13 years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
# The 2008 movie Definitely, Maybe takes place in 1992 New York City, an aerial view of Manhattan is shown with the Twin Towers edited in place, although the reconstructed 7 World Trade Center can be seen despite it being completed in 2006.
# In the 2008 movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa when baby Alex arrives in New York, he looks out of his crate and sees the pre-9/11 skyline, meaning he came to New York before September 11, 2001.
# In the 2009 movie Notorious, which takes place during the 90's, The World Trade Center can be seen in a city shot.
# In the 2009 movie Watchmen the World Trade Center is present in New York, as the story is set in an alternate 1985. Both towers are shown several times inserted back into the skyline and even shown surviving a nuclear blast in New York City.
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« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2010, 01:15:30 am »

Notable Movie Posters

    * Godzilla vs. Megalon, (1973), in the American theatrical poster it shows Godzilla and Megalon fighting on top of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. *Note: The movie contained no scenes set in New York City.*
    * King Kong, (1976). Kong is shown atop the Twin Towers with one foot on each tower, grasping a burning fighter plane as other planes attack.
    * Manhattan, (1979), seen as both towers make up the two legs of the "H" of the title "MANHATTAN".
    * Superman II, (1980), seen in both versions of the poster. Both including the World Trade Center with the New York City skyline on fire, or in this case Metropolis.
    * Splash, (1984), seen in the background of the original poster. In the 2004 anniversary edition, it is changed to a view of the Empire State Building.
    * The Squeeze, (1987). The main character is actually being "Squeezed" in between the two towers with a large hand.
    * Moonstruck, (1987), seen in the background behind Cher and beneath a giant moon.
    * New York Stories, (1989). The poster shows a small apartment building with various people in each window, behind is the title and only the Twin Towers. They were removed in the 2003 DVD release.
    * Home Alone 2, (1992), The Twin Towers can be seen in the logo.
    * Jungle 2 Jungle, (1997), The Twin Towers can be seen in the background of the poster.
    * Sidewalks of New York, (2001), showed the World Trade Center in the background, but the poster had to be changed, delaying the movie's release.
    * Spider-Man, (2002), seen in Spider-Man's eyes in the pre/9-11 teaser poster.
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« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2010, 01:17:34 am »

Television

    * The Nanny Shows The pre-9/11 skyline with the Twin towers in it.
    * Diff'rent Strokes - (1978-1986) - opening credits
    * Late 1980s airings of Late Night with David Letterman featured an opening helicopter shot with the camera view flying into the facade of one of the towers, inside and through the offices of one floor, then back out. The Twin Towers were also prominently featured in the intro of the Late Show with David Letterman up until September 11. Afterwards, shots of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building were used.

    * The towers are shown during the opening credits of New York Undercover.

    * The opening credits of the sitcom "Barney Miller" begin with a shot of the New York City skyline, with the World Trade Center prominently featured.

    * During the last two seasons of the sitcom The Wayans Bros., shots of each cast member are shown with images of various NYC landmarks in the background during the opening sequence, including the WTC, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty (with Shawn's face imposed on the statue). In one episode of the first season, "Afro Cab", an Arabic looking man gets in a cab driven by a Wayans Brother and demands, "Take me to the World Trade Center!" (alluding to the WTC bombing of 1993).
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« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2010, 01:18:29 am »

    * In an episode of the sitcom Full House, (1987 – 1995) Stephanie is at home waiting for her date for a school dance to pick her up. She suddenly starts playing with some building blocks and eventually makes the Manhattan skyline. When Danny (Bob Saget) enters and sees what she's made, he comments' "The New York skyline. Wow, the World Trade Center looks as tall as ever."

    * in a December 1991 episode of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (game show), the Double Trouble twins steal the World Trade Center.

    * The Twin Towers made one very brief appearance in the Family Matters (1989 – 1998) episode "Fa La La La Laagghh!" After Carl turned on the Christmas light decoration on the Winslow's house, a malfunction (thanks to Steve?) results in a power outage. First, the Winslow's home goes out, then a row of family homes, then Lower Manhattan, and finally, the entire world. Steve then says "Look what you did."

    * NYPD Blue a police drama from the mid 1990's featured the World Trade Center in many of the introductions to the show.

    * The ABC series Sports Night (1998 – 2000) often used an establishing shot of the New York skyline in which the Twin Towers were the focal point, implying that the studios were in the Towers.

    * The pilot of the TV series The Lone Gunmen, first aired March 4, 2001, had the gunmen thwarting a plot to fly a jet into the World Trade Center. In the episode, a faction of the U.S. government is behind the plot; they hope to blame the attack on another country's dictator and use it as an excuse to start a war with him. Transcript of pilot episode

    * In the Northern Exposure episode The Quest, Dr Joel Fleischman returns to New York. He's standing at the rail of the Staten Island Ferry which is covered in fog. As the fog clears, the Twin Towers become visible in the distance. Cable channel A&E aired this episode (the second-to-last NX episode A&E aired) on Thursday, September 13, 2001.
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« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2010, 01:19:53 am »

    * The opening credits of the first three seasons of the HBO mob drama The Sopranos (1999 – 2007) featured a shot of the World Trade Center as seen from the rear view mirror of Tony Soprano's SUV, as he enters the New Jersey Turnpike. In later seasons, after 9/11, the sequence was replaced with a new view of the Manhattan skyline in which the World Trade Center is absent. Among the things Tony later discloses to his psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi as contributing to his depression is "this whole 9/11 thing."

    * The Twin Towers appear in the opening title for early episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-present). The sequence is replaced after 9/11 with generic shots of the city.

    * The TV series Third Watch, (1999 – 2005) set in New York, featured many shots of the Towers during the show's first 2 seasons. One final shot appeared in the episode September 10, set the day before the attacks.

    * King of Queens shows shots of New York with the WTC.

    * Sex and the City, another HBO original series, also showed a quick shot of the World Trade Center in its opening credits (with the name of its lead actress, Sarah Jessica Parker). For seasons 5 and 6, shown after 9/11, the visual was changed to a stylized shot of the Empire State Building.[16]
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« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2010, 01:20:18 am »

    * Several shots of the Twin Towers appear in the introduction and several establishing shots of New York City, some episodes, all including the Twin Towers, for Friends (1994–2004) over the first seven seasons (1994–2001). Pictures of the Manhattan Skyline featuring the WTC also feature on many DVD cases, and DVD Box Set cases. [16] As every season the Opening sequence slightly changes with a new shot of the skyline with the title card, some seasons showed the Twin Towers, others the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Later seasons after 9/11 still briefly showed the Towers, the original and main title card used for later seasons has a portion of both towers visible, yet they are not very obvious. The last episode (2004) even included one of the most common seen pieces of stock footage, a shot of Lower Manhattan in the late afternoon under the Brooklyn Bridge, this time, cut only panning as far as the South Tower. As of 2007 the Twin Towers are still shown in establishing shots throughout earlier seasons and have not been edited out.

    * In the early 2000s The Twins appeared in an animated skyline including various United States skyscrapers in a commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. The Towers where however represented as cylinders instead of their true rectangular shapes.

    * An Anheuser-Busch advertisement for Budweiser beer features the company's signature Clydesdale horses appearing to pay their respects to the tower-less New York skyline. It was aired just once, during the broadcast of the 2002 Super Bowl [19].

    * In the Hey Arnold! episode "Married", Helga has a dream about her future life with Arnold, one scene included them having breakfast atop a luxurious skyscraper north of Central Park. The Twin Towers are prominently seen in the distance, along with other landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Chrysler Building. The episode first aired March 2002, but the view of the penthouse and New York City skyline weren't cut out until later airings, but the tops of the two towers can still be seen while the two conversate.
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« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2010, 01:20:39 am »

    * In Eurosport`s Olympic Magazine commercial, few seconds of beginning of north tower collapse are shown.

    * In Star Trek: Enterprise, (2001 – 2005) an image of the Twin Towers burning was visible in a panorama of historical images present in the timestream, when Daniels informed Jonathan Archer that time had been altered and set back on course. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

    * The 2003 HBO miniseries Angels in America (which takes place in the late 1980s) is noteworthy as being the first major post-9/11 production to digitally insert the towers in the New York City skyline.

    * The 2004 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) PPV, WrestleMania XX had a model version of the future of New York City in the early going of the PPV, in which included the currently under construction Freedom Tower for what it may look like when it's complete, sending out a message to the Spirit of New York.

    * In Rescue Me's (2004 – present) first season, the main character of Tommy Gavin has several flashbacks to 9/11, both before and after the towers fall. In addition, 9/11 is mentioned through the entire season as four firefighters were lost on that day. One of them appears in almost every episode as a vision to Tommy. Also, Rescue Me takes credit as the first and (as of July 2006), the only TV show to show a dramatized depiction of the events of 9/11.

    * In a 2005 episode of Lost the Twin Towers are seen out of the window of a New York solicitor's office. They were digitally inserted to show the time frame of then and the present day.

    * In a first season episode of Journeyman the Twin Towers are seen in picture on the front page of a San Francisco newspaper when the main character goes back in time before the terrorist attacks.

    * The 2005-2006 Portuguese soap opera Tempo de Viver devoted its entire first episode to a diamond heist in a South Tower corporate office, and subsequent confrontation when the would-be thief is caught, being violently interrupted by Flight 11 crashing into the North Tower. The characters involved then scramble to leave the burning building after it is also struck, but one of them does not survive and a great deal of plot is later devoted to his widow seeking revenge and/or compensation, as well as to the ultimate fate of the diamonds. Fictional footage of the attack as seen from the interior of the office was digitally created, but stock footage was also used for the scene itself and latter flashbacks.
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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2010, 01:21:14 am »

    * 2007-present, 7 World Trade Center's facade is used as the preface to scenes in ABC's Dirty Sexy Money for the office of Patrick "Tripp" Darling III.

    * In 2008, early in the pilot episode of ABC's drama Life on Mars, the World Trade Center buildings are shown for a dramatic setting as proof that the main character is in 1973. The premise of the show is that the main character is a detective from 2008 who has been transported, somehow, back to 1973.

    * During the final scene of the first season finale of Fringe, the main character, Olivia Dunham, is revealed to be in an office in the South Tower in an alternate reality of 2009, in which the World Trade Center was not destroyed on September 11, 2001. A newspaper headline reading "OBAMAS SET TO MOVE INTO NEW WHITE HOUSE" suggests that the White House was destroyed in this alternate timeline instead of the Towers.
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« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2010, 01:21:30 am »

Cartoons and anime

    * In the Disney animated film, Oliver and Company, the World Trade Center is seen in the opening sequence.

    * In the 1985 cartoon M.A.S.K., an episode titled "Attack on Liberty" leads Matt Trakker to Miles Mayhem's current hideout - 3/4 of the way up the side of the North Tower. Hovering the Thunderhawk outside the window, Matt leaps through the window and confronts Miles, who later escapes and is pursued by Matt around the Statue of Liberty. Mayhem's plot circulated around destroying the Statue and creating a 9/11—style incident

    * In the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon the WTC often is seen. One of the most infamous incidents in the series is the episode "Enter: The Fly", which begins with the TMNT flying in their blimp over New York City, searching for Shredder. April O'Neil said that Shredder was seen on the roof on one of the two WTC buildings, and the TMNT find Shredder and Baxter Stockman there. However, Shredder and Baxter Stockman manage to escape.

    * In the 1999 cartoon Mike, Lu, and Og in one episode Mike makes a sand sculpture of Manhattan, and she mentions the Twin Towers when showing it to Lu.
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