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Chief of the FBI's counterterrorism unit, John O'Neill, invites rookie Muslim-American agent, Ali Soufan, onto his squad. Fighting to get information from the CIA, they soon realize their work is just beginning as US embassies are bombed.


Alex Gibney


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... John O'Neill
Tahar Rahim ... Ali Soufan
Wrenn Schmidt ... Diane Marsh
Bill Camp ... Robert Chesney
Louis Cancelmi ... Vince Stuart
Virginia Kull ... Kathy Shaughnessy
Ella Rae Peck ... Heather
Sullivan Jones ... Floyd Bennet
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Richard Clarke
Peter Sarsgaard ... Martin Schmidt
Annie Parisse ... Liz
C.J. Wilson ... John Miller
Jamie Neumann ... Toni-Ann Marino
Nasser Faris ... Ayman al-Zawahiri
Katie Finneran ... Sheri


The chief of the FBI's counterterrorism unit, John O'Neill, invites rookie Muslim-American agent Ali Soufan onto his squad. Fighting to get information from the CIA, they soon realize their work is just beginning as two American embassies are bombed. Written by Brandon Smith

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English | Arabic

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28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The German dubbing of the pilot received poor reactions following the release on March 9 because of the substandard quality. German distributor Amazon Prime withdrew the German dubbing track on March 15 and promised a new and better dubbing. See more »


In the opening scene in Nairobi, a man is seen wearing the Chelsea football club's away jersey. This jersey was released for the 2012/13 season, much after the scene, which was set in 1998. See more »


John O'Neill: What happened on the Mabruk raid?
Toni-Ann Marino: All we could learn was that they renditioned him to Cairo and they got their hands on a computer hard drive.
John O'Neill: You didn't see what's on it?
Toni-Ann Marino: Schmidt closed us out.
John O'Neill: God damn it. Fuck that motherfucker.
Vince Stuart: Interesting. He said the same thing about you.
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Now it Begins...
4 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Looming Tower is based on a non fiction book and takes a look at the events that led to 9/11. More accurately why were the attacks missed by the intelligence communities?

The title of the series itself harks back to the Twin Towers.

The first episode is largely about the non cooperation between the competing agencies, the CIA and the FBI. As Osama Bin Laden interviewed on television announces that all American targets are fair game. The media are more interested in the stains on Monica Lewinsky's dress.

Jeff Daniels is the FBI counter terrorism expert John O'Neill unhappy of being left out in the cold by the CIA, especially by CIA analyst Martin Schmidt. O'Neill is a man with big appetites. Not only he has a wife but also several mistresses.

O'Neill sends one veteran FBI agent to Kenya who finds an old computer. He recruits a rookie Muslim American, Ali Soufan.

Oscar winning documentary maker Alex Gibney directed the first episode almost like a drama documentary. It ends with damage to American interests abroad, a potent message from Bin Laden.

However after series such as Homeland; The Looming Tower has entered a crowded field. It all looks a little too familiar. Well acted and made but competent rather than enthralling.

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