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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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Credited cast:
Sigourney Weaver ... Joan
Anthony LaPaglia ... Nick
Irene Walsh ... Joan's Sister
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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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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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Reciprocity
6 February 2006 | by janet-55See all my reviews

I have foregone watching this film for months as I feared it might be mawkish and far too US orientated. In the event I was surprised. This isn't a film specifically about 9/11 even though the deaths discussed in the movie are those of firefighters from the FDNY. It is more concerned with how major events of this nature can impinge themselves on everyone. Many years ago when I was living in Birmingham (UK) I can remember lying in bed one night, heavily pregnant, listening to the news of the Birmingham pub bombings. Like 9/11 this was an event (though considerably smaller in numbers of deaths and injuries)that reverberated through a community for many months afterwards and in some respects still remains a significant part of Birmingham's unique character. Grief is not something to be shaken off so lightly and it is this fact upon which the film centres. There is no laying of blame -no mention of terrorists. The film simply describes how the Fire Captain Nick Costello has to cope with his grief in order to communicate to writer Joan the humanity of these people and what they meant to him; so that he can give a fitting eulogy for them. As a member of the audience it was this element of reciprocity with such events that struck me so forcibly, and the feelings of hopelessness such incidents engender. As for the script in most part it was excellent and amazingly understated, though in my opinion Joan's internal dialogues were not necessary, we all knew how she felt from watching her reaction to Nick relating his feelings in both words and looks towards his lost men. That to one side, the acting is flawless throughout by both actors. This is a truly excellent film, a deeply moving essay on grief and mental trauma; in my mind I kept revisiting Wilfred Owen's letters home to his mother from the trenches during the First World War, strongly conscious of the eerie connection.


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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

Gross USA:

$21,366

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,366
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1.85 : 1
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