The CIA’s New York offices were there in Three Days of the Condor.
Not a movie, but a music video.
Ryan Adam’s video for New York, New York was filmed on September 7, 2001 with the WTC in the background. It’s a little eerie.
There was also a Caldecott-winning children’s book about Petit called The Man Who Walked Between The Towers, written and illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein. The book was adapted into an animated short film by Michael Sporn for Weston Woods/Scholastic.
Regarding depictions of the WTC in pop culture not involving it under construction, there are three depictions of the World Trade Center which seem rather disturbing nowadays after 9/11:
The poster of the 1987 comedy The Squeeze depicts Michael Keaton being crushed between the two towers.
An album called Party Music by a band called The Coup depicts an exploding World Trade Center.
The cover of the October 1976 issue of Sesame Street Magazine parodies the 1976 King Kong by depicting Cookie Monster eating the World Trade Center.
For poignancy, how can we leave out The Simpsons?
The production crew tried to make the episode as graphically accurate as possible. They built a scale model of New York, paying close attention to the area around and between the twin towers.The detail work even extended to the interiors of the elevators.
This episode was removed from syndication after the 2001 attacks, but has since returned, with some scenes edited out, most notably a scene where two men are arguing from the tops of the towers, and the man in Tower Two yells, “They stick all the jerks in Tower One!”
I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that scene is still in there, and the only cuts are standard syndication cuts (which in this episode, include a few subway jokes, including Homer believing someone else’s legs to be his own and Lisa exchanging addresses with a hobo. “Send it to…um…Jesus, care of the Pentagon.”)
Well, I’ll change Wikipedia, then. I’ll change a lot of things!
To this I’ll add the scene where Billy Ray and Louis are going to the commodities exchange in Trading Places. The scene opens with a big pan shot of the WTC, followed by Louis giving a pep talk (about trading) featuring phrases along the lines of “in here, it’s kill or be killed” and “take no prisoners”. Yikes. Time and history were not kind to that part of the movie.
I remember part of the ad campaign for the first Spiderman being pulled because he caught bad guys fleeing in a helicopter in a web between the towers.
Poor Spidey - nothing goes right for him.
They show up in the end of Sid & Nancy, a I think there’s some shots of them in Koyaanisqatsi.
In post 9/11 films, they appear in Munich which is set in the early 1970s.
Slight hijack: Every year, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS puts out a CD of Broadway casts singing holiday songs. The songs for the 2001 CD were recorded September 9 & 10 at St. John’s Lutheran Church close to the Towers. The artwork that was being printed on 9/11/2001 showed the World Trade Towers.
The artwork got pulled and was put on the inside, and BCEFA made a generous donation to the WTC fund.
There also a snowglobe put out every year that features the logos from all the shows and the NYC Skyline. The 2001 one feature the Towers.
On reruns of Friends I still see shots of the towers on their little ‘this is NYC’ shot at the beginning of a scene.
Zoolander did have all their shots of the WTC edited out but Vanila Sky (shot before, released after) did not.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit use to open with a view of the WTC at night. They later switched to a view of an NYC street at night.
The Simpsons had an episode Homer vs. the City of New York that revolved around the WTC. “All the jerks are in Tower One.”
Sorta related, I’ve seen several movies–RENT and Miracle-the story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team–made post-9/11, but set pre-9/11 where they included at least one shot of the WTC as a tribute to the towers, as much as a framing shot to tell people/remind people this scene is set in New York City.
In the TV movie “Mazes & Monsters,” Tom Hanks goes nuts playing a D&D-like game and ends up at the WTC looking for his runaway brother. Not sure how poignant it was.
The Super Mario Brothers Movie. (I was a kid, I thought it was cool!)
There’s a scene toward the end where Manhattan has been merged with the Mushroom Kingdom. The morphing of the Twin Towers with Koopa’s towers is rather striking; the Koopa towers are rather damaged, and the morph effect makes it appear as though the Twin Towers are collapsing.
Man on Wire opens next weekend (presumably in limited distribution). Looks great.
A brief montage of changes in the appearance of NYC from then (Civil War period) to now at the end of Gangs of New York concludes with a modern view showing the towers (the film was released in 2002).
The don’t just appear in Munich–they’re featured in the very last shot of the film, like a double exclamation point on Spielberg’s message about how ugly and dehumanizing revenge is. That was about the most poignant appearance of the WTC in films I’ve seen so far.
Also, it’s not so much their construction as their de-construction–footage of the ground zero clean up–that appears in 25th Hour. Again, very poignant and sad.
I was coming in to post that- the trailer is amazing, and I can’t wait to see it.