Guys

Guys

5.0 2
Director: Jim Simpson

Cast: Jim Simpson, Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia

     
 

Though its heart is in the right place, based on this DVD, it's questionable that the little seen drama The Guys will gain a larger audience. There isn't too much going for this disc, which is unfortunate. On the plus side, both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers are available. The picture is good enough, without serious distractions, but notSee more details below

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Though its heart is in the right place, based on this DVD, it's questionable that the little seen drama The Guys will gain a larger audience. There isn't too much going for this disc, which is unfortunate. On the plus side, both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers are available. The picture is good enough, without serious distractions, but not exceptional. Colors and flesh tones are reproduced nicely. The detail isn't it's strong point, though, as lines tend to blend together. Equally, the English 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, while presenting the dialogue clearly, offers nothing else. Surrounds are non-existent, but taking into account the film's low budget, and that fact that is it so dialogue driven, it's difficult to expect anything else. This mediocre package winds up with two supplements, a generic promotional spot for the soundtrack and a remarkably effective theatrical trailer. With the subject of 9/11 still so timely, it's a shame that more couldn't be offered, whether a commentary track or a documentary on the fast translation from the stage to the screen.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Jim Simpson's The Guys, based on a stage play by journalist Anne Nelson, is essentially a two-hander, and the film excels sporadically in portraying the struggle of two people: Nick, a fire chief played by Anthony LaPaglia, and Joan, a journalist based on Nelson and played by Simpson's wife, Sigourney Weaver -- to share their grief. Simpson opens up the play a bit, cutting in a few scenes of Joan's encounters with other people affected by the trauma of 9/11. In one sequence, Joan talks about waking up in the morning and not remembering what's happened to New York for a moment, and we see Weaver act out Joan's painful dawning realization. This brief sequence points out a problem with The Guys. The subject hits so close to home for many viewers that each time it inadvertently draws attention to its own artifice, as it does several times -- a miscast extra, a moment of uncertain acting, an overly florid line -- it's jarring. It feels like a betrayal. Simpson's film has its strengths. There's a transcendent moment of fantasy early on that is everything the film should be -- sharply written and acted, unexpected, and wholly human. LaPaglia captures all of Nick's helpless hurt and anger with precision. Weaver is also very good, though she is saddled with the script's weaker moments. The film is a tribute, not just to the bravery and humanity of the fallen firefighters, but to the power of the author's craft, so it's impossible not to see it as self-serving on some level. But the film serves its function in explicating the overwhelming grief of 9/11, showing the importance of looking at each victim of a catastrophic event as an individual, and exploring the power of words to forge connections between us.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
UPC:
0025192283925
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Focus Features
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
81,551

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Joan
Anthony LaPaglia Nick

Technical Credits
Jim Simpson Director,Screenwriter
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
Sarah Beers Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Block Production Designer
Ron Carter Score Composer
Sarah Flack Editor
Fred Helm Sound/Sound Designer
Jason Kliot Producer
Terry McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Anne Nelson Screenwriter
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
John Schmidt Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmerman Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Executive Producer
Joana Vicente Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:10]
2. Joan's Opening Monologue [3:23]
3. The Captain Arrives [6:27]
4. Bill, the Senior Man [6:52]
5. Bill's Eulogy [6:08]
6. Joan's Second Monologue [3:53]
7. Jimmy, the New Guy [8:31]
8. Jimmy's Eulogy [3:30]
9. Patrick, My Best Friend [5:57]
10. Tango [5:54]
11. Joan's Third Monologue [3:23]
12. No Reason [5:12]
13. Patrick's Eulogy [3:16]
14. Joan's Fourth Monologue [:56]
15. Barny, Our Wild Man [5:57]
16. Joan's Fifth Monologue [2:46]
17. Barney's Eulogy [5:09]
18. End Titles [4:52]
1. Main Titles [2:10]
2. Joan's Opening Monologue [3:23]
3. The Captain Arrives [6:27]
4. Bill, the Senior Man [6:52]
5. Bill's Eulogy [6:08]
6. Joan's Second Monologue [3:53]
7. Jimmy, the New Guy [8:31]
8. Jimmy's Eulogy [3:30]
9. Patrick, My Best Friend [5:57]
10. Tango [5:54]
11. Joan's Third Monologue [3:23]
12. No Reason [5:12]
13. Patrick's Eulogy [3:16]
14. Joan's Fourth Monologue [:56]
15. Barny, Our Wild Man [5:57]
16. Joan's Fifth Monologue [2:46]
17. Barney's Eulogy [5:09]
18. End Titles [4:52]

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