Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story
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Written byWayne Barrett (book)
Stanley Weiser
Directed byRobert Dornhelm
StarringJames Woods
Penelope Ann Miller
Michelle Nolden
Jack Langedijk
Music byHarald Kloser
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersMichael Braham
Jody Brockway
Stephen Davis
Jane Walmsley
ProducersMark Winemaker
Gary Goldberger (co-producer)
Linda S. Ross (co-producer)
Callum Greene (line producer: New York)
Anthony Katagas (line producer: New York)
CinematographySerge Ladouceur
EditorVictor Du Bois
Running time120 minutes
Production companiesUSA Network
JAM Pictures
Carlton America
DistributorUSA Network
Original networkUSA Network
Original release
  • March 20, 2003 (2003-03-20)

Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story is an American television film produced and broadcast in 2003 on the USA Network. The movie stars James Woods as former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and depicts the life of 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 countries.[citation needed]


The real Rudy Giuliani makes a cameo in the film as a construction worker.


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John Leonard of New York Magazine gave it a negative review and wrote: "Rudy seems to suggest that such passionate mood swings are nothing more than lint in the navel and wax in the ears of a Great Man being grandly operatic."[2]

MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher thought the film came too soon after September 11, 2001 for real perspective and said the film "suffers from a shallowness and a rushed kind of hagiography".[3]

In November 2020, thousands of social media users rediscovered the film and began mocking it, both for its poor quality and in light of Giuliani's career since its release.[4]

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

Awards and nominations

Emmy Awards

Satellite Awards

Writers Guild of America Awards


  1. ^ James Woods prepares for his role as NYC's ex-Mayor | Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story | Television News | TV | Entertainment Weekly
  2. ^ John Leonard (2003). "The Teflon Mayor". New York.
  3. ^ MaryAnn Johanson (6 August 2003). "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (review)".
  4. ^ "'Hilarious' clip from James Woods's Rudy Giuliani biopic resurfaces". 24 November 2020.