I Was There (2016)

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A 9/11 hero firefighter struggling with survival guilt is blackmailed into a journey of redemption by a photographer who can prove he survived only because he ran away.


Jorge Valdés-Iga


Sinead Daly, James Augustus Lee (as James A. Lee) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
James Augustus Lee ... Gus (as James A. Lee)
Carl Ford Carl Ford ... Samuel
Sebastián Zurita ... Franky
Katie O'Grady ... Claire
Humberto Zurita ... Chacal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Ansari-Cox ... Michelle NY1
Jennifer Bouchard ... Nurse
Brady Bryson ... 12 year old Frankie
Aurore Fagnen Aurore Fagnen ... Mary
Sebastián Gálvez ... Jason
Martha Iga Martha Iga ... Isa
Jennifer Johnson Jennifer Johnson ... News Reporter (credit only)
Tom Kemnitz Jr. ... Detective Rogers
C.C. Loveheart C.C. Loveheart ... Grace
Ernest Mingione ... Richard


Gus Johnson (James A. Lee) is a New York City firefighter who barely escaped the World Trade Center on 9/11 and instantly became a hero. Except the only reason he survived was because he panicked and ran away, a secret he kept hidden under PTSD and survivor's guilt. Years later, Samuel Lyons (Carl Ford), a photographer who crossed paths with Gus on 9/11, confronts Gus with a photo that proves Gus was a coward. Samuel blackmails Gus into telling the truth to his family, forcing him into a journey of self-discovery and acceptance which reunites him with his son Frankie (Sebastián Zurita) who enlisted in the military to fight for him. Written by Jorge Valdés-Iga

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When you hit bottom the only way is up.





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August 2016 (USA) See more »

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New York, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Gus: All the good in me died that day. Maybe I never was.
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