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The Guys (2002)

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.

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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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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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20 November 2003 (Germany)  »

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Our Guys: Fearless and True  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,068 (USA) (4 April 2003)

Gross:

$16,068 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray played the two main characters in the original stage version. 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.

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References Flashdance (1983) See more »

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3 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

The film is good. It's thoughtful and poignant. The acting was well done and the directing made it as interesting as possible given the material (i.e. two people talking). Be warned that this movie is not your average mass-consumption media fare, and if your IQ is hovering around 100 or less you are better off renting an Adam Sandler or Jerry Bruckheimer movie.

The backdrop is 9/11 but you could take the two characters out of NY 2001 and dropped them into any similar tragedy in history. It is not a "US Propaganda" film as someone tried to state below. It is a film about two people having to cope with tragedy. One who was directly touched and one who was sitting on the sidelines wishing to be able to help out. On that level, on telling the brief story of two people who should never have met, it works very well.

Finally, to the person who said "If I were director, I would have ... had someone write a better script..." >>THE FILM IS BASED ON A TWO-PERSON PLAY!!!<< The above statement is as ignorant and mind-numbingly stupid as someone saying "I wish the director of Hamlet had someone write a better script with more fight scenes."


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