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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 40227306
UPC 025192283925
UPC 14 00025192283925
Format DVD
Release Date 1/6/2004
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
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.
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
Jim Simpson
Sigourney Weaver
Anthony LaPaglia
Cast & Crew
Anthony LaPaglia - Actor
Charlotte Simpson - Actor
Irene Walsh - Actor
Jim Simpson - Actor
Katharine Schreiber - Actor
Sigourney Weaver - Actor
Anne Nelson - Based On Play By
Maryse Alberti - Cinematographer
Jim Simpson - Director
Sarah Flack - Editor
Joana Vicente - Producer
Jason Kliot - Producer
Susan Block - Production Designer
Jim Simpson - Screenplay
Anne Nelson - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 22839
UPC 00025192283925
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review ... 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.
Reviewer Kevin Thomas
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Weaver,Sigourney
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Paul Clinton, CNN A truly moving experience, and a perfect example of how art-when done right-can help heal, clarify, and comfort.
Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee ...powerfully dramatic.

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