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Men at Lunch (2012)

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The story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Director:

Seán Ó Cualáin

Writer:

Niall Murphy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fionnula Flanagan ... Narrator (voice)
Peter Quinn ... Self - Author
Ric Burns ... Self - Documentary Film Director
Christine Roussel Christine Roussel ... Self - Archiving Specialist, Rockefeller Center
Jim Rasenberger Jim Rasenberger ... Self - Non-Fiction Author
Sergio Ferrari Sergio Ferrari ... Self - Sculptor
Dan Barry Dan Barry ... Self - Reporter, The New York Times
Richard J. Schuler Richard J. Schuler ... Self - Iron Worker
Kevin P. Murphy Kevin P. Murphy ... Self - Iron Worker
Joe Woolhead Joe Woolhead ... Self - Photographer
Maria Tecce Maria Tecce ... Self - Singer
Ken Johnston Ken Johnston ... Self - Archivist, Corbis Images
Michael Whelan Michael Whelan ... Self - Pub Landlord, Shanaglish, Ireland
Douglas Whelan Douglas Whelan ... Self
Anne Whelan Anne Whelan ... Self

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Storyline

New York City, 1932. The country is in the throes of the Great Depression, the previous decade's boom of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants has led to unprecedented urban expansion, and in the midst of an unseasonably warm autumn, steelworkers risk life and limb building skyscrapers high above the streets of Manhattan. In Men at Lunch, director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza that depicts eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder - boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk, Central Park and the misty Manhattan skyline stretching out behind them. For 80 years, the identity of the eleven men - and the photographer that Immortalized them - remained a mystery: their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. But then, at the start of the 21st century, the photograph finally began to give up some of its secrets. Part ... Written by First Run Features

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In the era when the Empire State Building & Rockefeller Center were built, developers factored in one dead worker for every twelve floors. See more »

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References On the Town (1949) See more »

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A Picture is Worth...
6 June 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In Men at Lunch, director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

As shown in the film, people today still connected to the image, despite no one knowing who is in the photo and no one knowing who took the shot (it has been credited to Charles Clyde Ebbets since 2003). Many see their ancestors in it, though there is very little to corroborate this -- the men could be Irish, Scandinavian or anything else.

Ultimately, the film is interesting but never really gets to the heart of the matter and because of that drags a bit at times. While seeing the archives at Corbis is quite interesting, a few more answers might have been nice.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hombres de la viga See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,530, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:

$2,483

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,483
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Sónta Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV) (2014)
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