Exclusive: In ‘Patriots Day’ video, Mark Wahlberg, Deval Patrick discuss Boston uniting after Marathon bombings

“Ordinary citizens stepped up.”

“We’re gonna stand up and defend ourselves. We’re not gonna take it and be beaten down.”

Those are the words of Watertown Police Sergeant Jeff Pugliese, the man who took down Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in a new Patriots Day featurette shared exclusively with Boston.com.

Titled “A City Unites,” the featurette explores the city’s resilient response following the 2013 bombings.

“People’s lives were impacted by this event,” Patriots Day director Peter Berg says in the video. “You ask them, ‘What’s the takeaway?’ And almost all of them say, ‘We got blindsided, we got knocked down, we got beaten up, but we came back with love and brotherhood.”


“A City Unites” also features appearances from actors Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, and Kevin Bacon, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and a number of others who were on the scene that day.

One runner included in the video says he “didn’t know what to do” after the bombs went off, but like many others, he simply looked around and began to help in any way he could.

“Ordinary citizens stepped up,” says Patrick. “Folks showed so many acts of kindness and grace.”

Patriots Day opens in several Boston-area theaters on Wednesday before a wider release on Jan. 13, 2017.

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