Directors’ Vision: The 15:17 To Paris

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The 15:17 To Paris by director Clint Eastwood, tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride.

In the early evening of 21 August 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attack prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, former Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and former U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film.

In the above clip, Clint Eastwood speaks about his vision in making the film and working with and casting the individuals who took part in the real-life event.

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