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Giuliani Time

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One of the most talked-about and controversial theatrical releases of 2006 was more than five years in the making. Giuliani Time investigates the stories behind the "new" New York City that Giuliani laid claim to. From "quality of life" policing to welfare reform, and First Amendmentrelated debacles, the feelings about the Giuliani years largely depended on where you stood. Giuliani Time is the story of the effect this former Reagan administration official and high profile federal prosecutor had on what he called the "Capital of the World." It is a wild ride of political ambition and public amnesia, alternate realities, wars of perception and dramatic, even cataclysmic, events.

Featuring Donald Trump, Ed Koch, William Bratten, David Dinkins, and many others.

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  • Actors: Rudy Giuliani, Wayne Barrett, David Dinkins, Ronald Kuby
  • Directors: Kevin Keating
  • Producers: Kevin Keating, Michael Ratner, Sam Cullman, Williams Cole
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8NGAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Giuliani Time" on IMDb

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on June 14, 2007
Format: DVD
The movie begins with Mayor Giuliani speaking at the Republican Convention delivering his adlib: "As I saw the smoke from the burning building and people jumping to their deaths, I turned to my police commissioner, Bernard Kerik and said, "Thank God, George Bush is our president.'" New Yorkers, being shameless in vocalizing their derision and adept at detecting hyperbole, erupted in "Bronx cheers" throughout the theater.

So begins the story dramatizing the rise of Rudy Giuliani in the New York Republican Party as an ambitious district attorney who was attempting to make his bones by prosecuting high profile cases. It profiles his political life through the end of second term as "hizzoner" of New York.

It illustrates in event after event, familiar to many New Yorkers the level to which one man would stoop to get even, and hurt people he considered his enemies. These "enemies" included his wife, the press, people who stole his thunder or the limelight, those who did not give him their utter fealty, those who disagreed with him, or just poor people whom he denied their constitutional right to federally funded food stamps.

This movie dramatically demonstrates Giuliani's intolerance of anyone's challenge to his authority, and his zero tolerance for criticism of any kind. But perhaps, his greatest hubris was his request of each mayoral candidate (whoever won) to delay being sworn in for three months. So great was Gotham's need for the guidance and leadership of Rudy Giuliani that he felt he was more important than the democratic process and the will of the people. He even wanted to go to court to get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on July 4, 2007
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Especially if you live in NYC - watch this film and take a minute to contemplate the damage wrought by the Giuliani administration and the ongoing effects of the policies that were effected under his regime. Excellent commentaries include Norman Siegel and Frances Fox Piven. Its really well done and also captures the perverse charisma of its star - even while expertly debunking the mythology surrounding his "success" as NYC mayor.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2007
Format: DVD
There have been few politicians in recent American history to have such a positive national image on the basis of such slender evidence. In fact, the more you know about

Rudy Giuliani, the less you will care for him. Especially now, with the media hanging the astonishing epithet "America's Mayor" on Giuliani is nothing short of outrageous. Such a tag overlooks almost everything in his two terms as mayor of New York.

Let's be honest. Giuliani is not a completely forgotten politician for one and only one reason: his physical presence near the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. To his credit and unlike our president (who was fearfully flying from one area of the United States to another--I still remember Peter Jennings's astonishment on learning that Bush was not flying back to Washington from Florida but to various spots west, baffled why the nation's leader wasn't . . . well, leading), Giuliani immediately put himself on the spot. Just as 9/11 saved Bush's political fortunes, so 9/11 saved Giuliani's. Indeed, when watching the documentary one is often struck by the resemblances between Bush and Giuliani. Both are antagonistic towards political dissent, both have adopted imperial styles of governing, both attempt to take credit for successes not due to them and refuse to assume responsibility for their failures, both are inflexible and incapable of changing course or listening to the advice of others, and both have little regard for civil rights protections in the Constitution. There is one major difference between the two: Bush seems to have little of the personal racial animosity that characterizes so many of Giuliani's policies. Bush's policies hurt blacks because as they fall into a poorer demographic and his policies favor primarily the well off.
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By J. L LaRegina on October 26, 2008
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GIULIANI TIME covers the career of Rudolph Giuliani through 2001. Prior to the September 11, 2001, terror attack that made Giuliani the closest thing people seeking a hero could clutch, his political prospects were on a deserved, probably permanent downswing. A great prosecutor, Giuliani's career embodied the Peter Principle as he proved a great failure as New York City's divisive mayor.

The film takes its title from the saying New York City police had for illegal policies the mayor implemented. When an officer searched a young black man for no reason it was "Giuliani time." Ditto the mayor's attack on street artists, whom police arrested for exercising their constitutional right of free speech. You've got to wonder what a city cop arriving home after busting a painter for displaying art told the kids when they asked, "What did you do to make the city safer today?"

GIULIANI TIME ends with 9/11 giving Rudolph Giuliani credibility a second time. Since then Giuliani again proved the Peter Principle, bombing in his run for United States president. Journalist Wayne Barrett, who has followed Giuliani's career and grants interviews to the GIULIANI TIME filmmakers, has since cowritten an informative book on the mayor's post-9/11 livelihood, GRAND ILLUSION. Warning: If you think you could not like Rudolph Giuliani less after GIULIANI TIME, wait until you read GRAND ILLUSION.

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