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The Guys
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:

Vocals Performed by:
Mary Fahl
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Sony Classical
(April 1st, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are ready to hear a deadly serious, introverted journey of a small ensemble to represent the recovery from an enormous personal loss.

Avoid it... if the music you want to use to commemorate the events of September 11th, 2001 for your personal purposes is grand, defiant, patriotic, or soothing.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,452
WRITTEN 2/5/03, REVISED 3/4/09
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The Guys: (Mychael Danna) The first film to be made about the personal tragedies caused by the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001, The Guys is a solemn but rewarding story of a New York City journalist and a city fire captain who partnered together to write a series of eulogies for the firemen killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Based upon a play, the journalist and captain form a personal bond and work together to overcome the grief of the event. In the remainder of the 2000's, the few films that attempted to address the larger topic (on both big and small screens) tended to be met with indifference, and The Guys was no exception. The film's musical requirements were different than what most people may believe. Instead of being rousingly patriotic or heroic, the story necessitates an individual level of suffering and healing. Thus, composer Mychael Danna was hired to provide an immensely personal score of intimate character for the film. Danna had been displaying his diverse talents with regularity in the previous year, with the heavily ethnic and religious score for Atom Egoyan's Ararat standing out in 2002 as one of the more interesting efforts of his career. His work for The Guys returns to his more minimalistic tendencies, with only a small ensemble of soloists and string players employed for the film. Utilizing a relatively short score, the film did not need much music to accentuate the pain on the screen; the story really represented itself well enough to suffice without the additional atmospheric depth. Danna's score is understandably restrained to a level of volume appropriate for the interaction between the two primary characters. There is no representation of the attack, the large scale recovery efforts that followed, or even the music you heard at the memorials that were arranged a year later. The score is introspective in every way, relying on the tone of a solo piano to provide the heart of the score's contemplation. It is accompanied by largely harmonic, but themeless performances by a handful of woodwinds and strings, producing a distinctly classical environment that is as strikingly poignant in parts as it is depressing.



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Average: 2.34 Stars
***** 29 5 Stars
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mighty music for a failure of a movie
zar-fus - October 8, 2003, at 11:39 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:24
• 1. The Dawning of the Day - traditional, performed by Mary Fahl (4:38)
• 2. My Beautiful, Gleaming... (4:02)
• 3. Bill (1:30)
• 4. Are You OK? (4:04)
• 5. Jimmy (1:30)
• 6. What They Were Waiting For (1:21)
• 7. Where Were You that Morning? (3:53)
• 8. Patrick (2:12)
• 9. Follow Me (4:02)
• 10. Barney (1:56)
• 11. The Dawning of the Day - traditional, performed by FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums (2:12)

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