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Guys (2002)

Director: Jim Simpson     Starring: Sigourney Weaver Anthony LaPaglia
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40227306
UPC: 025192283925
UPC 14: 00025192283925
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"A truly moving experience, and a perfect example of how art-when done right-can help heal, clarify, and comfort.  Paul Clinton, CNN
"...powerfully dramatic.  Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

Editor's Note
After the 9-11 tragedy the New York Theatre community was reeling and trying to find a way to respond to the horrific event with equal parts respect and reverence. In Tribeca, located blocks away from Ground Zero, Manhattan Flea Theater's Artistic Director, Jim Simpson, decided to commission a play from his friend Anne Nelson, a Columbia School of Journalism professor, after hearing her true story of meeting with a New York City Fire Captain to help him write eulogies for his fallen fire fighters. Her story became THE GUYS, which has now been adapted and directed by Simpson for the big screen and stars Sigourney Weaver (Simpson's wife) as Joan, a freelance journalist living and working in Manhattan during the days following September 11th. Joan is horrified by the tragedy, but feels like an incapable bystander, until she meets Nick (Anthony LaPaglia) a veteran New York City Fire Captain who must speak at numerous memorial services for his fallen men. Paralyzed by grief, the big-hearted blue-collar hero is incapable of expressing his true feelings until Joan begins to carefully elicit touching stories and anecdotes from him. Joan sensitively responds to Nick's colorful and mournful memories and slowly the very real human lives of his firefighters begin to take the shape of the eulogies he must deliver. Together, the two New Yorkers, affected by September 11th in very different ways, comfort and heal each other in this very personal and moving tribute to the fallen heroes of 9-11.


Video Features DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/6/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22839
Video UPC UPC: 00025192283925
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony LaPaglia
Video Cast Info Charlotte Simpson
Video Cast Info Irene Walsh
Video Cast Info Jim Simpson
Video Cast Info Katharine Schreiber
Video Cast Info Sigourney Weaver
Video Cast Info Anne Nelson - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Maryse Alberti - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jim Simpson - Director
Video Cast Info Sarah Flack - Editor
Video Cast Info Joana Vicente - Producer
Video Cast Info Jason Kliot - Producer
Video Cast Info Susan Block - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jim Simpson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Anne Nelson - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...THE GUYS makes the transitions from stage to screen with considerable grace..." 12/13/2002 p.C24

Box Office
"...Anthony LaPaglia gives an astonishingly physical performance....THE GUYS is a cathartic work that honestly tries to make sense of the unimaginable..." 01/01/2003 p.61

USA Today
"...Weaver is captivating and convincing....LaPaglia's portrayal of taciturn fire captain Nick is moving..." 04/04/2003 p.6E

Rolling Stone
"...Sigourney Weaver is funny and touching....The film is just two people talking, but Jim Simpson finds its grieving heart..." 05/01/2003 p.64

Chicago Sun-Times
"...[A] quietly heartfelt film..." 04/04/2003 p.30

L.A. Times 8 of 10
... The Guys becomes a hugely moving tribute not only to New York's brave firefighters, but also to all the people who go about their daily lives contributing to the collective good that we never seem to know about until, with cruel irony, tragedy strikes. In The Guys' best line, Joan observes that she and Nick weren't supposed to know each other, but that they do meet and can help and console each other gives a most heartening dimension to a most somber film. - Kevin Thomas

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Weaver,Sigourney
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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