The 15:17 to Paris parents guide

The 15:17 to Paris Parent Guide

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Release date February 9, 2018

Based on a true story, three Americans (Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos) on holiday in Europe are forced to use their past military training when a terrorist attacks passengers on a train.

Why is The 15:17 to Paris rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The 15:17 to Paris PG-13 (on appeal) for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language.

Run Time: 94 minutes

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Why is The 15:17 to Paris rated PG-13? The 15:17 to Paris is rated PG-13 by the MPAA (on appeal) for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language.

Spencer Stone (a U.S. Airman) and Alek Skarlatos (a National Guardsman) and Anthony Sadler (A senior college student) were just three friends on vacation in Europe when the unimaginable happened. On August 21, 2015, while taking the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, the trio crossed paths with an armed man.

Ayoub El Khazzani, a 25-year-old Moroccan, was first spotted as a threat when he emerged from the train’s restroom shirtless and carrying an assault rifle. Bystanders Mark Moogalian (an American-born Frenchman) and another unidentified Frenchman, attempted to stop him, but the heavily armed assailant was not deterred. (Moogalian was shot and suffered serious injuries.)

Next, the perpetrator turned his attention to the other passengers on board. And for one brief moment, he fumbled with his gun.

Instinctively, Stone and Skarlatos put their military training into action. The pair, tackled El Khazzani. During the ensuing struggle, their buddy Sadler and a British passenger named Chris Norman came to their aid. Despite the danger, and even though they sustained some injuries (Stone especially), the shooter was subdued.

Theses brave men were later honored by government officials as heroes.

This movie re-enacts the events of that fateful encounter. But what is most unusual about the film is that Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler play themselves. Clint Eastwood directs this production which is titled The 15:17 to Paris.

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The 15:17 to Paris is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos.

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Reenactments of tother terrorist incidents include World Trade Center and United 93. Other thrillers that take place on trains include: Murder on the Orient Express, North by Northwest and Source Code.