Fired!

Overview

Devastated after being fired by director Woody Allen, actress Annabelle Gurwitch sets out on a soul-searching journey to discover whether getting the axe was the best or worst thing ever to happen in her professional career. Anyone who has been in the workforce for an extended amount of time has likely been there -- one minute you've got a good-paying job that you love, and the next minute you're standing in the unemployment line. When Annabelle Gurwitch got fired by the legendary director of such classics as ...
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Overview

Devastated after being fired by director Woody Allen, actress Annabelle Gurwitch sets out on a soul-searching journey to discover whether getting the axe was the best or worst thing ever to happen in her professional career. Anyone who has been in the workforce for an extended amount of time has likely been there -- one minute you've got a good-paying job that you love, and the next minute you're standing in the unemployment line. When Annabelle Gurwitch got fired by the legendary director of such classics as Annie Hall and The Purple Rose of Cairo, she thought her career was over. Upon turning to her many showbiz pals for advice, however, Gurwitch quickly discovered that she was not alone. In this documentary, Gurwitch enlists the aid of filmmakers Chris Bradley and Kyle La Brache in traveling the country to interview such celebrities as Tim Allen, David Cross, Sarah Silverman, and Jeff Garlin to find out exactly how they dealt with the heavy hand of rejection. Additional interviews with GM workers in Lansing, MI, who were handed their pink slips offer some tales that are tragically comedic and others that seems to reinforce the old adage about one door closing and another door opening, while a visit to job fairs and "outplacement services" show just what the jobless endure on a day-to-day basis. Conversations with the downsizers as well as the downsized offer viewers a chance to explore the topic from both sides as host Gurwitch reminds viewers that sometimes the greatest success stories are born of failure.
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Special Features

Outtakes! More stories of the canned, canceled, downsized and dismissed
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 826663103663
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Allen Participant
Andy Borowitz Participant
David Cross Interviewee
Andy Dick Interviewee
Tate Donovan Participant
Illeana Douglas Interviewee
Anne Meara Participant
Bob Odenkirk Interviewee
Harry Shearer Participant
Sarah Silverman Participant
Fisher Stevens Participant
Ben Stein Participant
Fred Willard Participant
Robert Reich Participant
Walter Scheib Participant
Annabelle Gurwitch Interviewee
Jeff Garlin Interviewee
Judy Gold Participant
Stephen Adly-Guirgis Participant
Richard Kind Participant
Jeffrey Ross Participant
Paul F. Tompkins Participant
Technical Credits
Chris Bradley Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Kyle La Brache Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Annabelle Gurwitch Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fired!
2. My Very Own Woody Allen Experience [1:51]
3. Getting Fired Sucks [1:14]
4. How Much to Take Out a Hit? [1:45]
5. "The Hardest Part of Getting Fired is the Mornings" [1:59]
6. Every Defeat of the Ego is a Victory of the Soul [1:07]
7. Have You Ever Been Fired? [6:52]
8. Live at Second Stage Theatre 1 [3:54]
9. Keep Your Resume Up [2:17]
10. Humor as a Coping Mechanism [2:51]
11. Outplacement Services [3:31]
12. Andy Dick Gets a Second Chance [2:45]
13. Live at Second Stage Theatre 2 [2:23]
14. Square Peg, Round Hole [5:39]
15. One of Them Stories [2:54]
16. Live at Second Stage Theatre 3 [1:47]
17. Fired From the White House [4:27]
18. Deemed a Health Risk [3:32]
19. Lansing Heart GM [4:05]
20. Live at Second Stage Theatre 4 [3:00]
21. Reich and Stein put Firing in Perspective [5:37]
22. Moving On [7:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fired!
   Play Movie
   Scenes
   Outtakes
      Play All
      Tim Allen: Succeed by Getting Fired
      Hillary Carlip: Balls
      David Cross: A Combination of Mr. Smithers and Mr. Burns
      Illeana Douglas: Poor Judgment
      Paul Feig: The Big Red Shoes Diary
      Judy Gold: Thank You for Firing Me
      Rabbi Mel Gottlieb and Robin Schilien: The Psychological and Spiritual Fallout From Getting Fired
      Dana Gould: Jimmy the Idiot
      Stephen Adly Guirgis: You Can't Fire Me, I Quit
      Jason Kravits: Dead Dean Working
      Maxine Lapiduss: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service
      Sandra Tsing Loh: The Little Fuck That Could
      Anne Meara: You Feel Like Crap
      Bob Odenkirk: Be Marginally Competent in a Half Assed Job
      Robert Reich: We Aren't Living in a Jungle
      Jeffrey Ross: Bring What Brung Ya to the Bash
      Harry Shearer: I Envy You, Your Freedom
      Ben Stein: A Serious Crisis
      Jim Turner: Show Biz Nightmare
      Brian Unger: Extra, Extra
      Matt Walsh: Balooney Tunes
      Roy Zimmerman: The Fired Song
      More...
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