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The Guys

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
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    • Rating - thematic elements and brief language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22839

  • Credits
    Sigourney Weaver, Susan Alexandra Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia
  • Critic Reviews
    "...THE GUYS makes the transitions from stage to screen with considerable grace..."
    Los Angeles Times

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

    "...Weaver is captivating and convincing....LaPaglia's portrayal of taciturn fire captain Nick is moving..."
    USA Today

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

    "...[A] quietly heartfelt film..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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