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American Pie 2 (2001)

Nadia's first scene was actually shot in downtown LA, not New York. The World Trade Center towers were composited into the skyline. Yellow cabs and hot dog vendors were added for effect.

Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)

The film shows the World Trade Center towers standing 2,000 years in the future.

Carlito's Way (1993)

Director Brian De Palma wanted to shoot the climax of the film at the World Trade Center in New York but it was the target of a bombing, and he had to shoot it in "another railway station again."

Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part 4 (2000)

Before the film's world premiere, a decision was made to leave the World Trade Center in the opening narration despite the 9/11 attacks taking place a month earlier. This decision was applauded by the crowd.

Escape from New York (1981)

How could you leave out "Escape from New York?" Kurt Russell paraglides to the roof of one of the towers to enter the ruined city of New York to rescue the President.


Gangs of New York (2002)

Gangs of New York (spoiler): the Twin Towers are visible at the end of the film in a time-lapse sequence.

-Chris B

Godspell (1973)

"All For The Best", the climactic song of the film, ends atop the World Trade Center, still under construction.

King Kong (1976)

A Knight's Tale (2001)

The video version of A Knight's Tale, released prior to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001, was recalled because it contained a Spider-Man (2002) preview including a shot of the World Trade Center.

Loving (1970)

Halfway through the film, George Segal's character enters an actual construction site in New York City. The complex being constructed was the World Trade Center.

Moonstruck (1987)

Please add Moonstruck.....just watched it again a week or so ago, and we all got teary when the skyline was shown. Our 16 year old daughter said it made her heart hurt. Me too.

Virginia R in San Antonio

New Jack City (1991)

New Jack City: the Towers can be seen at the beginning of both the opening and end credits.

-Chris B

Sidewalks of New York (2001)

The original poster for this film was pulled due to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The poster showed the pre-attack NY skyline, including the intact WTC and was felt to be inappropriate.

Spider-Man (2002)

The original trailer for the movie depicted a theft of a bank, with the robbers making a getaway in a helicopter. A close-up of the helicopter was shown, until the helicopter stopped, apparently caught in mid-air. As the camera zoomed out, it was shown that the helicopter was caught in a spider web, suspended between the two towers of the World Trade Center. After the attacks on the towers 11 September 2001, however, the trailer was changed.

And, the World Trade Center Towers can be seen in the background of some scenes and once in the reflection of Spider-Man's eye. The makers of the film chose not to remove them digitally.

Don't forget that the studio flacks decided the WTC had to be deleted from the New York skyline before Spider-Man could be released.



Superman (1978)

Superman- The Movie: Superman takes Lois Lane for a night flight over "Metropolis", and the Towers can be seen during their trip

-Chris B

Trading Places (1983)

My favorite movie featuring the WTC is "Trading Places" with Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy. The climactic OJ futures trading scene takes place in the WTC, on the floor of the Commodities Exchange.

I own the tape of that movie, and it took me months following 9/11 before I could bear to watch it again.

Ann D.
Philadelphia, PA

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Studio executives wanted Cameron Crowe to use special effects to remove shots of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Crowe didn't remove them, and they appear in several shots of New York.

Wrong Is Right (1982)

My best candidate for a film with the WTC in it is a little-known Sean Connery film called 'Wrong is Right'. Watch it if you can find it. (I'll gladly make you a copy if you cannot find it.) It's kind of a silly film, but it will scare you if you watch it today, post 9-11.

A weak US president finds himself facing a tough re-election, while an international Islamic terrorist group is coming to power in an Arab country, threatening the USA. Through international intrigue, there are assasinations, spies, arms deals, suicide attacks in US cities, Texas politicians, cover-ups by the US government, and much more. All the while, an American TV reporter (Connery) and his corporate profit-driven TV network cover the events. It ends with two nuclear devices tied to the top of the WTC and then fades out with the US president using the two bombs as justification to go to war against the Arab country.

Sound familiar?

It was made in 1981 (that's 1981), but could have been made last week.

Mike in PA

WTC the First 24 Hours (2002)

Zoolander (2001)

Images of the World Trade Center towers were removed before the movie's 28 September 2001 release. They were edited out in one shot and obscured in another.



"24" (2001)

In the Series Premier (12:00am - 1:00am) a main shot of the 747 exploding was removed, the show had its premier delayed a month and this scene cut as well as further storyline changes, due to the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Also, nearly all later references to the plane explosion were removed.

"The Agency" (2001)

The show was originally conceived as a look at how the CIA was surviving in the post-Cold War era. When the World Trade Center was destroyed, it changed the entire focus of the show and required the replacement of the character of Alex Pierce.

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)

After the World Trade Center attack in September 2001, NBC ordered the opening credits for the 2001-2002 season reedited to remove images of the ill-fated building.

The Lone Gunmen (Pilot)

The Lone Gunmen  - clip from March, 2001

"Murder in Small Town X" (2001)

Winner Angel Juarbe Jr., a New York City firefighter, died in the collapse of the World Trade Center only a few weeks after the final episode was broadcast.

Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing (1997) (TV)



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