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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Jim Simpson. See more »

Quotes

Joan: I knew then that every time I saw a person on the street, I saw only his public shadow. The rest, the important part, lived in layer after layer beyond my view. We have no idea what wonders are hidden in the people around us.
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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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LaPaglia is amazing
10 October 2004 | by kacee4See all my reviews

I almost never cry at movies, but Anthony LaPaglia had me tearing up all through this movie. I'm not a big fan of soppy platitudes about 9-11, but this movie was very touching. It dismissed a lot of the big-picture stuff in favour of the minutia of people's lives that make them worth knowing about. This is a story about humans, not heroes, which I found refreshing.

Sigourney Weaver is also very good, as usual.

My only complaint is that there were a few instances of repetition in the writing. I'm not sure if that was supposed to be deliberate, as in the character repeating himself out of angst and stress, or if it was bad script editing. I noticed it though because it was jarring, which means if it was supposed to be there, it wasn't handled expertly by the writer. That could have used some polishing.

Other than that, I thought this was a good movie, especially if you're a LaPaglia fan as I am.


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