A Jerk, Perhaps, But Our Jerk

Rudy's Giuliani is a tough guy for better and for worse

As far as much of the U.S. is concerned, Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York City for four months--from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he became a symbol of tough-minded resilience, to the end of his term. We in New York had a longer and more complicated relationship with him. Some loved the U.S. Attorney turned pol for presiding over a huge drop in crime; some hated him for taking a prosecutorial attitude toward everything from race relations to his personal life.

America's Rudy, meet New York City's Rudy: that's the idea behind the biopic Rudy:...

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