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  • Actors: James Woods, Penelope Ann Miller, Michelle Nolden, John Bourgeois, Kirsten Bishop
  • Directors: Robert Dornhelm
  • Writers: Stanley Weiser, Wayne Barrett
  • Producers: Anthony Katagas, Callum Greene, Gary Goldberger, Jane Walmsley, Jody Brockway
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, 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: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009WVLO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rudy - The Rudy Giuliani Story" on IMDb

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When two hijacked planes crashed into New York's World Trade Center, one man rose to save the city. To his political opponents, Mayor Rudy Giuliani (James Woods) was a bully and a tyrant. To women, he was irresistible, but couldn't be faithful. Yet, on 9/11, he became an American hero. This is the inside story of the man who held a terrified city - and a shaken nation - together with sheer guts and heart as the skies rained fire on its citizens.

From his days as a tenacious D.A. to the mistresses who put him in the headlines, see how the events of his complicated life all led to one moment of extraordinary courage. Scandal may have rocked his personal life, ego may have dominated his professional life - but when it really mattered, Rudy stood tall even as the Twin Towers crumbled.

(c) 2003 Hamdon Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

DVD Special Features: Bonus Documentary - The Day the Towers Fell Produced for The History Channel by Lou Reda Productions, West Easton, Pennsylvania (approx. 61 mins. col.), Rudolph Giuliani Timeline, Biographies, Selected Filmographies, Interactive Menus and Scene Selection.

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With a standout performance by James Woods, Rudy: The Rudolph Giuliani Story is a warts-and-all portrait of New York City's lame-duck mayor, who rose from political disfavor to unexpected heights of heroism and leadership in the wake of September 11, 2001. Originally broadcast on the USA Network and based on Wayne Barrett's muckraking biography, it's a condensed, Cliff's Notes rendition of Giuliani's political career, with each commercial break serving as a chapter stop, beginning on the eve of 9/11 and alternating past and present highlights from Giuliani's rise to power. The film offers an unflinching portrait of a devoted public servant who's as fallible as he is competent: his wife (Penelope Ann Miller) understandably suffers while extramarital affairs and political fearlessness are all seen as byproducts of Giuliani's compulsion to improve the city he loves. As Robert Dornhelm's clunky direction combines actual news footage with exacting recreations of 9/11 and its aftermath, Woods's charismatic performance wisely avoids mimicry to show us a flawed but noble man who, in the final analysis, deserves our conditional respect. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on October 31, 2003
Format: DVD
This film based on a book called 'Rudy' is sopposed to tell the inside story of 'Americas Mayor'. It does a commendable job. It looks at Rudy's early courtship of Donna Hannover. It looks at Rudy's role in breaking the mafia and wall street, which gained him fame. It looks at Rudies first dismall election campaign and the pogroms and upheavels of the Dinkins stagnation. It looks at Rudy's many quirks and his affairs with Christine Latigano and his subsequent affair that ended his marriage. The meeting with Ray Harding of the Liberal party is portrayed well as is the infighting on his campaign and his relentless crusade to cut useless jobs at city hall.
It looks at his conflict with Bracken and the Amadou Dialo killing.
Yet the movies failure is in its odd portrayel of Sept 11th. Although the scenes are shocking the moves cinematography of the Sept 11th incident feels to much like a soap opera, rather then the 'real life' portrayel the directors were going for. I think the scenes could have been better. Nevertheless I loved the use of real footage from Sept 11th, soemthing we dotn see anough of.
I was dismayed not to see more of Rudys crusade against the Bums, against the honking and throwing Arafat out of the U.N as well as his attack on the diplomatic parking problems in N.Y.
Guliani was the biggest of the big mayors, like a modern day Laguardia. THis is a great film but it does lack somethings and does miss the boat in some scenes. The latigano affair was emphasized at the expense of losing coverage of some of the great quirks and crusades of the Guliani era which cleaned up the city.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hencke on November 29, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a fascinating portrait of a complex political figure. James Woods gives an incredible performance. That said the film suffers greatly from an abrupt and weak ending. I also didn't understand some the of characters...The people in his life. Some of their motives and their backgrounds just weren't clear enough. Worth seeing for the effective 9/11 sequences and for Woods'performance in the title role.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2004
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I have always liked James Woods and I always will. I did not much care for this film despite Woods' fine portrayal of Giuliani. The film is watchable, and more than watchable, that I'll grant. But it focuses obsessively on Giiuliani's marital problems and foibles, and only touches briefly on the truly wonderful things he did for New York. Golly, you don't suppose the producers were Democrats, do you? I mean, you could almost feel the pain of the producers of this film each time they were forced to discuss something intelligent that Giuliani did as mayor, and then of course the film would snap back to its main theme--that Giuliani was possibly a less-than-ideal husband or has other faults as a person, i.e. ego, ambition, vanity. What great man or woman lacks these traits, anyway? Nothing wrong with including this as part of the film, but I felt that the story lacked balance and shows an underlying hostility to what Giuliani set out to and did accomplish as mayor of New York.
I was disappointed in the film and the only good thing about it is James Woods. He makes the film watchable, but this movie falls far short of its potential. Then again, one cannot realistically expect Hollywood to make a movie about conservative politics rescuing New York City from turning into an ungovernable mess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kosovar on November 4, 2003
Format: DVD
James Woods actually looks pretty much like Guiliani and he acts beautifully as always but I must admit this movie could have been heaps better. Anyways, watching it means going back through september eleven again and it hurts just as when it first happened. It made me cry. Also there's things we never knew about Guiliani's life. According to the movie he made New York better than it was so...well done Rudy.
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