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Writers (WGA):
Wayne Barrett (book)
Stanley Weiser (written by)
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Release Date:
30 March 2003 (USA) See more »
He divided a city. He united a nation. See more »
Biographic movie of the witty, overachieving, hot-tempered Rudy Giuliani, spaning from his rising days... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Robert Dornhelm 
Writing credits
Wayne Barrett (book "Rudy!")

Stanley Weiser (written by)

Produced by
Michael Braham .... executive producer
Jody Brockway .... executive producer
Stephen Davis .... executive producer
Gary Goldberger .... co-producer
Callum Greene .... line producer: New York
Anthony Katagas .... line producer: New York
Linda S. Ross .... co-producer
Jane Walmsley .... executive producer
Mark Winemaker .... producer
Original Music by
Harald Kloser 
Cinematography by
Serge Ladouceur 
Film Editing by
Victor Du Bois 
Casting by
Victoria Burrows 
Andrea Kenyon 
Randi Wells 
Production Design by
Jean-Baptiste Tard 
Set Decoration by
Marie-Claude Gosselin 
Costume Design by
Mariane Carter  (as Marianne Carter)
Makeup Department
Jocelyne Bellemare .... key makeup artist
Stephan Dupuis .... makeup artist: James Woods
Nathalie Garon .... assistant hair stylist
Johanne Hansen .... hair stylist
Kathy Kelso .... key extras makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... bald caps: Mr. Woods
Bob Pritchett .... key hair stylist
Cécile Rigault .... makeup artist
Ronald J. Rolfe .... assistant hair stylist (as Ronald Rolfe)
Isabella Wiley .... wigmaker: E. Kupitz (uncredited)
Production Management
Michel Chauvin .... production manager
Pierre Lapointe .... unit manager
Elissa Lewis .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandre Bernard .... additional third assistant director
Charles-André Bertrand .... first assistant director: second unit
Jesabelle Boileau .... trainee assistant director
Stéphane Byl .... third assistant director
Manon Célestin .... third assistant director
Timothy Donohue .... first assistant director
Harvey Drouelle .... third assistant director
Daniel Lowe .... second second assistant director: New York
Roxanna Macedo .... second assistant director
Laurence Mercier .... second second assistant director
Adam T. Weisinger .... second assistant director: New York
Michael A. Williams .... first assistant director (as Michael Williams)
Art Department
C.J. Dixon .... clearances
Alain Omer Duranceau .... props
Carrie Foster .... art department coordinator
Raynald Langelier .... set designer
Jean-Francois Mignault .... graphic artist
Julie Montplaisir .... assistant art coordinator
Sound Department
Scott Donald .... supervising dialog editor
Philippe Espantoso .... sound re-recording mixer
David Gertsman .... sound effects editor
Michael Gurman .... supervising sound editor
Steven Gurman .... post sound consultant
Louis Hone .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Stan Sakellaropoulos .... dialog editor
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Pascal Colpron .... storyboard artist
Mario Rachiele .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Beetz .... gaffer
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
Bertrand Dupuis .... key grip
Lance Mayer .... assistant camera: New York
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: "a" camera
Walter Thomson .... still photographer: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Anzalone .... wardrobe supervisor
Lisa Arnsby .... wardrobe supervisor
Marie-Maude Grenier .... dresser
Catherine Gélinas .... key dresser
Editorial Department
Émilie Dussault .... post-production assistant
Evan Tussman .... director of post-production
Susan Vaill .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stan Sakellaropoulos .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bertrand Calmeau .... driver: James Woods
Other crew
Melanie Bergeron .... key medic
Jean-Philippe Collin .... utility stand-in
Suzanne De Carufel .... location manager
Émilie Dussault .... assistant: Robert Dornhelm
Josée Francis .... assistant location manager
Étienne Geoffrion .... set technician
Donna Howell-Makaton .... assistant to executive producer
Danielle Lavoie .... production coordinator
Sylvie Normandin .... assistant to producer
Peter Pastorelli .... assistant location manager
Rose Viggiano .... location manager
Danny Webber .... legal counsel

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Also Known As:
"Rudy's Wars" - New Zealand (English title)
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120 min | Argentina:104 min | UK:93 min
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Real footage of the 11 September 2001 attacks was used.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Giuliani is telling his wife about going after the crime bosses, as she approaches, he lifts up the cigar in his left hand, but in the next shot, the hand with the cigar is back on the table and never lifts it up.See more »
Rudolph 'Rudy' Giuliani:God I love this city.See more »
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Very much a tv movie, but less glossy than expected, 20 September 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Taking the events of September 11th as it's foundation, the film tells the tale of Rudy Giuliani's rise up the political ladder, his hard-line stance as Attorney and Mayor of New York. It also shows his affairs and the breakdown of his marriage despite the strength of the man in times of testing.

As will now be an annual event, the television companies all rolled out films and documentaries on the 2nd anniversary of 9/11. The main commercial station's choice was this sort of bio-pic of Rudy Giuliani with the focus on September 11th widening to take in the 15 or so years prior to that moment. The manner of structuring the film in this way means that it could have been a flag waving salute to a man who become world famous (or more famous!) on that day. However, despite cutting back and forth, the majority of the film occurs before the attack. I found the attack scenes hard to watch as I was watching a film for entertainment – I suppose this was unavoidable, but I don't like seeing the pictures too often in case they stop shocking me and I get used to them.

The back story to Giuliani is interesting as I admired his stance on crime when he was Mayor. I didn't know a lot of detail of his career as I'm not in the US but the film delivered a simplified version to good effect. Surprisingly the film didn't gloss it's subject too often and wasn't afraid to show his affairs, his tempers of his right wing views. This made it feel more worthwhile although the TV production values do make it feel a little tacky at times.

Woods does pretty well to hold the screen for the whole film and not spin Rudy o be too sleazy or too heroic. I felt that he was a little animated for Rudy at times, as I always had the impression of him publicly as more controlled. The support cast (including Penelope Ann Miller) are all pretty good but do tend to seem more at home in TV land than Woods does.

Overall this was an interesting film, even if it is very much a snapshot and is driven by Woods rather than the wider story. The framing of the story by 9/11 works well to set up the story, despite the strange feeling of seeing the real footage inserted into a movie in this way.

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