DC 9/11: Time of Crisis [DVD] [2003]

A dramatic re-creation of the Bush administration's response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on America, DC 9/11: Time of Crisis arrives on DVD courtesy of Showtime Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and offering audio in a selection of either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or Spanish Dolby Digital Mono, this release also offers a variety of bonus materials. After going behind the scenes for the making of the film, viewers have the opportunity to listen to audio commentary by Brian Trenchard-Smith, Lionel Chetwynd, and Timothy Bottoms; view filmographies; and preview trailers.
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Special Features

  • Behind the scenes: "DC 9/11: Handling the Crisis"
  • Commentary by Brian Trenchard-Smith, Lionel Chetwynd, and Timothy Bottoms
  • Filmographies
  • Trailers
  • Closed Captioned


DC 9/11: Time of Crisis
Filmed under the title The Big Dance, this tense, made-for-cable docudrama recreates the events following the devastating terrorist attack on New York City and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001. The focus is on President George W. Bush, here played by Timothy Bottoms. Inasmuch as the film was assembled by a man avowedly sympathetic to Bush (Hollywood veteran Lionel Chetwynd), there are few ambiguities here: The president acts swiftly, decisively, and dispassionately, and there's no time to raise any questions about judgment, discretion, or diplomatic missteps, past, present, or future. Chetwynd's teleplay utilizes several well-known factoids (the president wanted to return to Washington immediately after the attack, but his advisors wouldn't let him) along with a number of newly unearthed information bites (the crew of Air Force One had to use cell phones to contact the DC airport, out of concern that their radio would alert terrorists to their location). Also dramatized are the efforts by the government to gather evidence against al-Qaida, and the president's inspiring address to the nation ten days after the tragedy. DC 9/11: Time of Crisis debuted September 7, 2003, on the Showtime network. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Timothy Bottoms
    Timothy Bottoms - George W. Bush
  • John Cunningham
    John Cunningham - Donald Rumsfeld
  • David Fonteno
    David Fonteno - Colin Powell
  • Gregory Itzin
    Gregory Itzin - John Ashcroft
  • Penny Johnson
    Penny Johnson - Condoleezza Rice
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