Release date:May 12, 2006
Studio:K Video Productions
On September 10, 2001, Rudy Giuliani was a lame-duck mayor, stung by the public dissolution of his marriage, accusations of playing racial politics, and a growing resistance to his combative style. The next day, his reassuring demeanor during one of the city's worst tragedies catapulted him to the status of international hero, "America's Mayor." But what was it like to live in New York during Giuliani time? Was Giuliani truly responsible for the decline in crime in the '90s? Here is a meticulously researched, trenchant portrait of the pre-9/11 politician, based partly upon dramatic revelations from Wayne Barrett's Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani: his deportation of Haitian boat people, his fight against organized crime in the '80s; and as mayor, his zero tolerance for petty crimes; his handling of the Diallo and Louima cases; his attacks on "welfare cheats" (while dressed as the Lion King); his dubious attempts at art criticism. Giuliani's defenders have their say as well, championing the "broken windows" policy popularized by the Mayor.