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The Guys (2003)

Sigourney Weaver , Anthony LaPaglia , Jim Simpson  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia, Irene Walsh, Jim Simpson
  • Directors: Jim Simpson
  • Writers: Jim Simpson, Anne Nelson
  • Producers: Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Guys" on IMDb

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    The premise of The Guys is simple: A fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia), who lost eight firemen in the fall of the World Trade Center, asks a journalist (Sigourney Weaver) to help him compose eulogies for these men. It's only a week after the attack; their bodies haven't yet been found, but the families are holding services. The writer cajoles the sometimes inarticulate and plain-spoken captain into talking about the men--who range from the captain's best friend to a newcomer he'd only know a few weeks--until she's gleaned enough to piece together a tribute. Originally a play by Anne Nelson, the movie captures much of the texture of New York through montages woven into the storyline; but the piece lives or dies by the performances, and both Weaver and LaPaglia give subdued and unfancy but carefully wrought performances that make the most of this potent material. --Bret Fetzer

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    The Guys is a powerfully moving and unexpectedly humorous film about a New York City journalist (Sigourney Weaver) who is called upon to help a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) pay tribute to the men he lost at the World Trade Center. As the fireman begins to open up, the two form an unexpected bond and we rediscover the quiet heroism and humanity that affected all of our daily lives.

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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual movie, powerful reminder of 9/11 September 1, 2004

    This movie is, on the surface, a simple story about a fire captain who is assisted by a writer in composing eulogies for the men he lost in 9/11. However, it is much more than this. As the writer tells her story (how she worked with the captain), she explores the many complex ramifications of 9/11 on New York City, and indeed, upon all of us. Moreover, as the captain and the writer work together, you come to see the firefighters individually, and to appreciate their daily service and sacrifice.

    It is a moving and powerful movie. It is somewhat painful, but in a good way, as we all need to be reminded of 9/11, to never forget. There are no graphic scenes or heavily disturbing visual scenes. I cried at several parts through it. It deeply affected me, and I will not forget it, as I do many movies, once their story has been told. I don't think I'll ever look at firefighters the same way, either. Although it is a movie about one moment in America's history, it is a movie about all of life, too, and a good exploration of grief and existential things (without being preachy or intellectual at all).

    The acting was great, music great, and it was put together in an unusual way--9/11 through the eyes of two people writing eulogies--who would think of this? But it works, and it works well.

    This is a movie to own. If the idea of the movie interested you enough to even read this review, I would highly recommend getting it.

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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful And Moving Eulogy For The Guys! October 18, 2003
    On September 11, 2001, 343, (three hundred forty-three), of New York City's Bravest were killed while doing their job, rescuing people at the World Trade Center. The tragedy of September 11, and the loss of these courageous men and women, as well as the deaths of thousands of innocent human beings, haunts the people of New York to this day. "The Guys" is a most powerful and fitting eulogy to those who sacrificed their lives so that others could live.
    A fire captain, (Anthony LaPaglia), of a ladder company located in lower Manhattan, lost eight of his men when the Twin Towers collapsed. Six other men in his firehouse, part of the engine company, also died that day. He is experiencing tremendous grief, and is obviously still in shock, when he approaches a journalist, (Sigourney Weaver), to ask her for help in composing eulogies for "his guys." He says, "The call came. The guys went out. They haven't found them yet. The families want a service. What am I going to tell them?" The journalist, living with her own grief, sadness and depression, has felt helpless, useless when confronting the terrible events that have so impacted her city, the nation and the world. At last, by helping this grieving, inarticulate man to compose the eulogies for his men and their families, she can do something to help.
    The writer coaxes information about each lost firefighter from the captain, piecing together anecdote and tidbit until portraits emerge that give life to each individual. The result is a thoughtful and powerful tribute that makes men who became heroes into human beings again - recognizable to friends, family and co-workers.
    The screenplay is superb, as is the acting of Weaver and LaPaglia.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Moving, Powerful August 21, 2003
    By A Customer
    I was fortunate enough to see this movie when it was released in April at Lincoln Center in NYC and a second time in a smaller theather in Westchester, and was even more priveledged to have Jim Simpson, Anne Nelson & Sigourney Weaver at the screening to answer questions. That night after I saw it, I immediately e-mailed everyone I knew and told them they "MUST SEE" this film!!!
    This is an extremely moving story, articulating the thoughts and emotions of most New Yorkers who endured the tragedy in our own city. Beautifully written, acted and directed. People out of the NY area might not appreciate it as much as the rest of us, but nonetheless, extremely powerful and touching.
    P.S. - There are no scenes of the towers for those who are hesitant to see it.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Healing June 16, 2005
    Anne Nelson's play wonderfully captured on film runs the gamut of emotions. Sigourney Weaver as a journalist helping out a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) write eulogies for eight different men from his ladder is poignant, funny and eventually heartbreakingly real. The initially awkwardness of the two meeting is overcome by personal anecdotes and touching stories each share to bring about the final product which is to give each fallen hero his accurate due. Weaver and LaPaglia are perfect in their portrayals as two people trying to help each other in a horrific and emotionally draining period which commands them to bring out the best of each man's life. It is essentially a love story. The pain each character feels when discussing each man individually is a rarity in films and this one gets it right. This film acts as a healer for all affected by 9/11.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Honoring those who died while giving their all August 8, 2004
    I stumbled across this film this morning while waiting for a call from my son. I didn't know what it was at first because I came into it a few minutes late. I soon realized what I was watching. I found this film to be very touching. It brought back much of the sorrow I felt for all in New York during that time. At the same time, it provided me with comfort in knowing that there are still so many people like these men out there doing their jobs as firefighters, police, etc. Saving so many lives day after day. I think this film captured the essence of those men and gave many of us a chance to glimpse into their lives. I believe we owe them that much. In conclusion, I give this film 5 stars. It accomplished it's goal by putting me in touch with my emotions about 09/11/01.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars The Guys Review
    I heard of this video when I went to see Sigourney Weaver at the DuPont Theatre. I ordered the video, watched it and shared with friends. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Janet
    4.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL 9/11
    Gives you the real feel of the tragedy. very well written and acted. It may well bring tears to your eyes
    Published 5 months ago by rik biewend
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    I had not heard about this movie until I saw it on Amazon. This is not an action film. There are no scenes showing Ground Zero, only papers fluttering in the street. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey Keith Heitman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    I love the premise of the movie. I helped me grieve for people I didn't know, for heroes I couldn't thank enough. Weaver and LaPaglia were good.
    Published 15 months ago by Jan L. Waldron
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
    90% just dialog of teh captain and a writer working on memorials for the guys in his company that he lost in 9/11.
    Published 18 months ago by mark klaene
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Guys dvd
    Adapted from a play and that occasionally shows, but this film is well-acted, well-written, and will definitely touch your heart. New Yorkers will especially relate.
    Published 18 months ago by Paul Minor
    5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 10 stars if you'd let me!
    What a powerful movie!
    No planes crashing into the twin towers, no fire and smoke spewing out of the gaping holes left by the impact and no collapsing building. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by catmama
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond words!!
    As the wife of a NYC firefighter, I felt I had to read the play. It was as if I was sitting and speaking with him about his "brothers" and at times, how they saw him. Read more
    Published on June 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars the guys dvd
    I was very pleased with this order, it arrived sooner than I expected, it is in excellent condition and I got what I ordered :) . My son and I can't wait to watch it .
    Published on February 18, 2012 by crazyfiregirl79
    5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story with the ring of truth
    Not long after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a woman named Anne Nelson wrote a play about a NYFD captain who lost most of his men at the World Trade Center. Read more
    Published on April 11, 2010 by Scott R. Lucado
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