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Firefighter (2005)

After 9/11, NYC Firefighter Kenny Ruane finds his strong beliefs challenged until a fire rescue frees him from his guilt and he's able to return home to his family.


Vanessa Ruane


Vanessa Ruane
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Credited cast:
J.R. Adduci J.R. Adduci ... Dolan
Michael Basile Michael Basile ... Jimmy (as Mike Basile)
Kevin Hagan Kevin Hagan ... Major
Mario Polit ... Mario
Tony Ray Rossi Tony Ray Rossi ... Lt. Danny Whitworth
Kenny Ruane Kenny Ruane ... Kenny Ruane
Lauren Ruane ... Young Nancy Ruane
Victoria Strong Victoria Strong ... Nancy Ruane
Joe Towne ... Young Kenny Ruane


Firefighter Ruane is haunted by his idealistic actions in 1971, as he struggles with the guilt of having traded tours with a young firefighter lost to the rubble of the WTC. Unable to face his family and unwilling to heed the advice of his Lieutenant and go home and rest he pushes him self to continue on. When his company is called to fight their first fire since 10 days of digging, he finds redemption when he rescues a woman trapped in the building and in the act of saving a life he remembers who he is and what he stands for and is finally able to go home to his family. Written by Vanessa Ruane

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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a great personal story about what it means to be a hero!
21 September 2005 | by nancyophotoSee all my reviews

A very moving film about what it means to be a hero, and how family can help you back to yourself. Firefighter Kenny Ruane plays himself in a searing performance that will touch everyone who sees the film. Vanessa Ruane's direction is masterful, making this not really a short film, but a mini feature. A personal story, with universal appeal, this movie is particularly relevant now. It explores the concept of what is heroic, how we maintain our ideals in the face of tragedy, and how love can conquer hate. I've seen this film with festival audiences, and there are always people crying, and applauding wildly at the end. Vanessa Ruane has taken the adage, "Write what you know" and created a beautiful film about her father and her family. Kudos!

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