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The Guys (2002)

The story of a fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center and the editor who helps him prepare the eulogies he must deliver.

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Joan's Sister
Jim Simpson ...
Joan's Husband
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Joan's Daughter
Julian Trompeter ...
Joan's Son
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Storyline

Adapted from a stage play by Anne Nelson, a drama centering on a slice of the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Nick, a fire captain, who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center, enlists help from an editor, Joan, to prepare their eulogies. Nick builds a relationship with Joan, who helps him put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches that he must deliver with honor, humor and poise--all the while, navigating his way through his own emotional response. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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20 November 2003 (Germany)  »

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Our Guys: Fearless and True  »

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$16,068 (USA) (4 April 2003)

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$16,068 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray played the two main characters in the original stage version. See more »

Quotes

Joan: When was the last time I heard anyone say, "I need a writer"?
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References Flashdance (1983) See more »

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Speaking for the Survivors
22 November 2003 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

One of the most compelling ways to tell a story is to let it tell itself, without embellishment. In The Guys, Anne Nelson's story does just that.

The events of September 11, 2001 are a very volatile subject; Nelson's story stays focused on how to talk about firefighters lost in one engine company at the World Trade Center. It humanizes the event and the emotional aftershock and side steps everything else. Simpson skillfully blends voice-over, text, storytelling, simulated archive footage, along with traditional film-making, keeping the spirit of the original stage play intact. It would be easy to tell such a tale with force fed melodrama, but instead, the audience is allowed breathing room to process right along with the characters on the screen.

Through sheer providence a journalist, was asked to assist a Fire Department captain to write eight eulogies for men lost on September 11. It's all told primarily through La Paglia and Weaver, who both turn in solid performances. Weaver embodies everyone who is the voice of every thought ricocheting through the head of everyone who's not directly effected. La Paglia's delivers an understated but eloquent performance of a man who can't afford the luxury of his own grief; through La Paglia, we see struggling to find a voice for the unspeakable.

There is a lot to be said on the subject of September 11; this film is a reminder of perspective.


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