Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story

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Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story
Poster of the movie Rudy- The Rudy Giuliani Story.jpg
Directed by Robert Dornhelm
Produced by Mark Winemaker
Written by Wayne Barrett (book)
Stanley Weiser
Starring James Woods
Penelope Ann Miller
Michelle Nolden
Jack Langedijk
Music by Harald Kloser
Cinematography Serge Ladouceur
Edited by Victor Du Bois
Distributed by USA Network
Release dates
  • March 20, 2003 (2003-03-20)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story is an American made-for-television movie produced and broadcast in 2003 on the USA Network.


The movie is a depiction of the life of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, focusing primarily on his mayoral career and response to the September 11 attacks.[1]


The film was based on the 2000 biography Rudy!: An Investigative Biography of Rudy Giuliani by Wayne Barrett. It has been broadcast in several different countries. The official tagline of the film was "He divided a city. He united a nation."[2]


Actor Role
James Woods Rudy Giuliani
Penelope Ann Miller Donna Hanover
Michelle Nolden Cristyne Lategano
Jack Langedijk William J. Bratton
John Bourgeois Peter Powers
Kirsten Bishop Judith Nathan
Mark Camacho Tony Carbonetti
Maxim Roy Beth Petrone
  • The real Rudy Giuliani makes a cameo in the film as a construction worker.


In a 2006 interview with PARADE, Woods reported that Giuliani met with him after the network premiere and praised his performance in the film.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards

Satellite Awards

  • 2004: Won, "Best Motion Picture Made for Television"
  • 2004: Won, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television" - James Woods

Writers Guild of America Award

  • 2004: Nominated, "Adapted Long Form" - Stanley Weiser


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