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The Guys (2002)

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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.

Director:

Jim Simpson

Writers:

Anne Nelson (play), Anne Nelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sigourney Weaver ... Joan
Anthony LaPaglia ... Nick
Irene Walsh ... Joan's Sister
Jim Simpson Jim Simpson ... Joan's Husband
Charlotte Simpson Charlotte Simpson ... Joan's Daughter
Julian Trompeter Julian Trompeter ... Joan's Son
Katharine Schreiber Katharine Schreiber ... Sister's Daughter
Lucas DeBassac Lucas DeBassac ... Sister's Son
Joshua Ross Joshua Ross ... Sister's Infant
Alfredo Narciso ... Diner Cashier
Julia Nelson Black Julia Nelson Black ... Acolyte
David Nelson Black David Nelson Black ... Acolyte
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Bonaventura ... Tony James
Marcus Collins ... Brother
Tim Cummings ... Man on Subway
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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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Guys: Fearless and True See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,068, 6 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,068, 6 April 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ContentFilm,Open City Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Jim Simpson. See more »

Quotes

Joan: When was the last time I heard anyone say, "I need a writer"?
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Crazy Credits

We were joined in the making of this film by the many surviving members of the New York City Fire Department who lost 343 of their colleagues in the World Trade Center attack on September 11th, 2001.

They wish to dedicate their performances in memory of the following individuals. See more »

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References Flashdance (1983) See more »

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Gripping Stage Drama turned into convincing movie
4 September 2005 | by NewInMunichSee all my reviews

There would definitely be certain ways to "celebrate" the heroism of the firemen of the NY fire department in the events of 9/11. However, this is not the approach this film has chosen, it is merely a stage drama transferred to movies with very subtle means, certainly resting on dialog between Weaver as a supporting journalist and La Paglia, a fire commander literally fighting for words to tell the unspeakable for the eulogies of his men lost in WTC. This is by all means well told, just letting in a little "air" of movie means by showing video of what is told, opening the angles of events for the viewer, but never going to real action. This fits well and makes this movie a highly recommendable piece of work, worth to be watched and discussed about. I have trouble understanding, how an average of only 6.3 could be reached so far. This is definitely 8/10.


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