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Brothers... on Holy Ground (2010)

Mike Lennon  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Mike Lennon
  • Writers: Mike Lennon, Pete Hamill
  • Producers: Mike Lennon, Chris Roberto
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TSR2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brothers... on Holy Ground" on IMDb

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A monumental achievement! Brothers On Holy Ground is the only documentary in existence made by a FDNY fireman, and it spans the time period before, during and after 9/11. Ftae called upon New York fireman Mike Lennon of Engine Co. 15 to make a documentary about his fellow New York firefighters before September 2001. After 9/11, Mike continued filming. Featuring interviews with firemen that perished on 9/11, as well as fellow survivors and family members during and after 9/11. The film also includes unique footage from Ground Zero. This historic film about the most tragic event of our times will leave no one untouched.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, heart-wrenching film November 5, 2009
By Len
The enclosed was taken in it's entirety from the DVD Verdict website. I couldn't have said it any better....Len Jacobs

"The most heart-wrenching story in this 9/11 documentary belongs to rookie fireman Tommy Casatelli from Engine Company 226. He wasn't feeling well on that fateful day, and asked to switch places with fellow firefighter Brian McAleese. Casatelli drove the engine to the World Trade Center after the first plane hit and, as a result, he didn't go into the building. McAleese went in instead and, along with three other men from the 226, never came out. Casatelli's sit-down interview for the documentary is riddled with survivor's guilt, though the man is never self-pitying. He talks frankly about how the job of the driver is to stay with the engine and how, left alone in the midst of a disaster well beyond his comprehension or experience, he struggled to decide whether to follow his orders or gear up and enter the building. One can see how his decision to follow orders--not out of cowardice, but out of duty--haunts him, as does the decision to switch places with Brian McAleese. The validation and assurances of McAleese's mother, widow, and brother John, a fireman from Engine Company 219, have brought Casatelli little comfort. His story is a reminder that, for some, the horror of that day hasn't receded with the passage of time.

Brothers...On Holy Ground is the work of Mike Lennon, a retired New York City fireman who'd explored his interest in filmmaking by taking some classes at New School University. This documentary was an act of catharsis for him. Lennon sat down with over a dozen firefighters, a dispatcher, a few Manhattan residents, and a handful of 9/11 widows.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching June 25, 2005
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I'm watching as I write this, tears trickling from my eyes, blurring the men speaking on the video. The real story as told by the survivors, the families, the friends, the coworkers of that horrible day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good October 22, 2011
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it was well done and very touching. i would recomend it for all. so we never forget to remember those from that dark day in our past.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised September 25, 2010
By Jill
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I was very pleasantly surprised with this video. I felt that this video brought a very real human element to light in the face of 9/11. We often hear of those we lost but not so much on the ones left behind and the guilt they often carry for being survivors. The toll on the fire departments that day was heavy and often we forget about the impact it is still having on people all these years later. I felt this was very well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 14, 2013
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One of the most heartfelt movies I have ever seen. It is told from the firefighters viewpoint. It shows the sadness they carry with them and the strength they have to carry on. You will not be sorry you watched this film.
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