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1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Philippe Petit ... Himself
Jean François Heckel ... Himself (as Jean-François Heckel)
Jean-Louis Blondeau ... Himself
Annie Allix ... Herself
David Forman ... Himself
Alan Welner ... Himself
Mark Lewis ... Himself
Barry Greenhouse ... Himself (as N. Barry Greenhouse)
Jim Moore ... Himself
Guy F. Tozzoli ... Himself (as Guy Tozzoli)

Paul McGill ... Philippe - Drama Reconstructions
David Demato ... Jean-Louis - Drama Reconstructions
Ardis Campbell ... Annie - Drama Reconstructions
Aaron Haskell ... Jean-François - Drama Reconstructions
Shawn Dempewolff-Barrett ... David - Drama Reconstructions (as Shawn Dempewolff)
David Roland Frank ... Alan - Drama Reconstructions (as David Frank)
Megan Delay ... The Admirer - Drama Reconstructions
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Gates ... Dentist (uncredited)
Bruce Kocher ... Security Guard on First Tower (uncredited)
Joel Ney ... 1970s Police Officer #1 (uncredited)

Robert Sciglimpaglia ... Pedestrian / Ford Mustang Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
James Marsh 
Writing credits
Philippe Petit (book "To Reach The Clouds")

Produced by
Simon Chinn .... producer
Liz Fay .... archive producer
Nick Fraser .... executive producer: BBC
Victoria Gregory .... co-producer
Jonathan Hewes .... executive producer
Richard Klein .... commissioning editor: BBC
Andrea Meditch .... executive producer: Discovery Films
Maureen A. Ryan .... co-producer
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
J. Ralph (segment "WTC Heist")
Cinematography by
Igor Martinovic (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jinx Godfrey 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky (production designer: New York)
Makeup Department
Maria Cancreti .... hair stylist assistant: New York
Maria Cancreti .... makeup artist assistant: New York
Amy Duskin .... key hair stylist: New York (as Amy Spiegel)
Amy Duskin .... key makeup artist: New York (as Amy Spiegel)
Sherri Berman Laurence .... chief hair artist: New York (as Sherri Laurence)
Sherri Berman Laurence .... chief makeup artist: New York (as Sherri Laurence)
Virginia Meyers .... hair stylist assistant: New York (as Virgina Meyers)
Virginia Meyers .... makeup artist assistant: New York (as Virgina Meyers)
Christopher Milone .... hair stylist assistant: New York (as Chris Milone)
Christopher Milone .... makeup artist assistant: New York (as Chris Milone)
Production Management
W. Clark Bunting .... executive in charge of production: Discovery (as Clark Bunting)
Helena Ely .... head of production
John B. Ford .... executive in charge of production: Discovery (as John Ford)
Olivia Foster .... production manager: Discovery
Kate George .... post-production manager
Nelson Khoury .... production supervisor: New York
Marc Linmore .... production manager: Discovery
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Kathy O'Donnell .... production director: for Philippe Petit
Magdalena Sole .... unit production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Berkal .... second assistant director: New York
Curtis Smith .... first assistant director: New York
Dan Taggatz .... second second assistant director: New York
Art Department
Marcelo Alves .... art production assistant: New York
Nicole Arendt .... carpenter: New York
Kit Bland .... art production assistant: New York (as Christopher Bland)
Joe Cairo .... carpenter: New York (as Joseph Cairo)
April Cary .... set dresser: New York
Jeanine Christiansen .... set dresser: New York
Jessica Cimoch .... art production assistant: New York
Stephen Cipoletto .... carpenter: New York
Richard Daniel Cohen .... set carpenter: New York (as Rich Cohen)
Gonzalo Cordoba .... property master: New York
Milton Dean .... carpenter: New York
Jacob Eben .... set dresser: New York
Nate Gallup .... carpenter: New York
Roxy Gillespie .... leadperson: New York
Kelly Hudson .... art production assistant: New York
Thomas Leach .... carpenter: New York
Sharon Lomofsky .... production designer: New York
Daniel Lugo .... art production assistant: New York
Douglas Lunt .... set dresser: New York (as Doug Lunt)
Simone McLaughlin .... art production assistant: New York
James Moritz .... set dresser: New York
Jason Murphee .... painter: New York (as Jason Murphree)
Nikia Nelson .... set decorator: New York
Pamela Nullet .... art production assistant: New York
Diana Puntar .... set construction head: New York
Juli Raja .... painter: New York
Carlos Vidal .... carpenter: New York
Bentley Wood .... assistant property master: New York
Sound Department
James Cullen .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Giancarlo Dellapina .... sound recordist: second unit, Paris
Claire Ellis .... sound editor
George Foulgham .... re-recording mixer
Claire Mahoney .... foley artist
Lisa-Marie McStay .... sound editor (as Lisa McMahon)
Steven Robinson .... sound recordist: New York
Visual Effects by
Demian Cacciolo .... digital image scanning: Duggal
Simon Clarke .... visual effects supervisor: Clarke Associates
Michael Illingworth .... digital rostrum: Clarke Associates
Tim Kilgour .... 3D animator: Clarke Associates
Teni Noravian .... digital compositor: Clarke Associates
Paul Roberts .... 2D animator: Clarke Associates
Serdar Simga .... digital matte painter: Clarke Associates
Lucy Teire .... visual effects producer: Clarke Associates
Mark J. Flores Corpuz .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Adam Rowland .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rik Andino .... strike crew: New York
David Anthony .... strike crew: New York
Gordon Arkenberg .... first assistant camera: New York (as Gorden Arkenberg)
Jonathan Bellet .... camera operator: second unit, Paris
Buck Berk .... camera loader: New York
Richard Brodet .... gaffer: second unit, Paris
René Crout .... first assistant camera: New York (as Rene Crout)
David Dilley .... still photographer: New York
Corey Eisenstein .... strike crew: New York
John Frisbie .... gaffer: New York
James Gray .... generator operator: New York, TCI
T.J. Hellmuth .... electrician: New York (as TJ Hallmuth)
Kevin Hunt .... grip: documentary, New York
Aaron Jacobs .... grip: New York
Chris Jara .... best boy electric: New York
Bryan Landes .... strike crew: New York
Damon Lemay .... first assistant camera: New York (as Damon LeMay)
Nick Maczka .... grip: New York (as Nick Macska)
James Madrid .... camera loader: New York
Patrick Murray .... electrician: New York
Megan Nole .... grip: New York
Aaron Randall .... dolly grip: New York
Aaron Randall .... key grip: New York
Kelly J. Richardson .... crane operator: New York (as Kelly Richardson)
Steven Robinson .... digital imaging technician: New York
Ethan Rosenduft .... strike crew: New York
Meg Schrock .... electrician: New York
Rick Siegel .... additional cinematographer: New York
Brian Smith .... grip: New York
Elizabeth Stern .... strike crew: New York
Chris Varga .... gaffer: documentary, New York
John Vendetti .... best boy grip: New York
Lee Vickery .... first assistant camera: New York
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Adine Duron .... casting director: New York
Steve Zak .... extras casting production assistant: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melinda Basaca .... wardrobe assistant: New York
Meghan Corea .... wardrobe assistant: New York
Andrea Grogan .... wardrobe intern: New York
Kathryn Nixon .... costume designer: New York
Editorial Department
Chi Yoon Chung .... assistant editor
Molly Condit .... assistant editor
Joseph Dillingham .... assistant editor (as Joe Dillingham)
Adam Downey .... on-line editor
Justin Eely .... on-line editor
Anne Monnehay .... assistant editor
Luke Rainey .... film colorist
Greg Sanderson .... editorial executive: BBC
Andrew Dearnley .... digital film supervisor (uncredited)
Steve Knight .... digital intermediate technician (uncredited)
Andy Richards .... senior digital intermediate technician (uncredited)
Gareth Spensley .... additional colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Lin Saunders .... location scout: New York (as Tswana Lin Saunders)
Music Department
Brian Binsack .... scoring second engineer
John Boughtwood .... music consultant
Bub Jess .... music arranger: WTC heist music
Bub Jess .... music producer: WTC heist music
Gary Morris .... music studio coordinator
Arthur Pingrey .... music co-producer: WTC heist music
Arthur Pingrey .... music editor
Arthur Pingrey .... music programming
Arthur Pingrey .... pro tools operator: music
Transportation Department
Ramon Morillo .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Simone Abecassis .... production accountant
Luis Arias .... production assistant: New York
Danielle Beeber .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Alexandre Berman .... assistant: Philippe Petit, second unit, Paris
Isabelle Berman .... location fixer: second unit, Paris
Daniel Briggs .... production assistant: New York
Janice Brown .... insurance: Ventura Insurance, New York
Sarah Caughey .... additional legal services: Olswang, New York
Janell Coles .... legal and business affairs: Discovery
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council (as Lenny Crooks)
Alison Dalton .... production assistant: New York (as Alision Dalton)
David Dilley .... stills photography
Phil Dorling .... production assistant: New York
Annette Drees .... script supervisor: New York (as Annette M. Drees)
Laetitia Ducom .... production coordinator: second unit, Paris
Jason Emerton .... legal and business affairs: BBC
Linzy Emery .... transcription services: New York
Valerie Fanarjian .... production assistant: New York
Tahar Guendouzi .... runner: second unit, Paris
Sharoya Hall .... production assistant: New York
Robin Hilton .... legal services: Red Box Films, New York
Tom Horovitch .... legal and business affairs
Claire Hungate .... legal and business affairs
Himesh Kar .... senior executive: UK Film Council
Matt Katzive .... communications: Discovery
James Kay .... additional legal services: Olswang, New York
Gabe Kolodny .... production assistant: New York
Johanna Kovitz .... transcription services: New York
Jo Lapping .... strand executive: BBC
Al Lazzio .... archery consultant: New York
Jon Lerner .... legal and business affairs: Discovery
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service: New York
Lindsay Mattson .... key production assistant: New York
Louis Menchise .... production assistant: New York
Cassie Mensah .... legal and business affairs
Ramon Morillo .... production assistant: New York
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: UK Film Council
David Reefer .... production assistant: New York
Daniel Rutledge .... production assistant: New York
Julie Sibony .... production assistant: second unit, Paris
Julie Sibony .... translator: second unit, Paris
Gab Taraboulsy .... translation services: New York
Darapon Vongsa-Nga .... production coordinator: post production
Samantha Waite .... production coordinator: New York
Claire Warnes .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Claire Witham .... production coordinator
Alexandra Geregova .... intern (uncredited)
Rob van de Laar .... craft service (uncredited)
Nathan Adams .... special thanks
Annie Allix .... special thanks
Étienne Becker .... acknowledgment: training camp footage (as Etienne Becker)
Jean-Louis Blondeau .... acknowledgment: stills courtesy of Polaris Images
Jean-Louis Blondeau .... special thanks
Lara Bobroff .... special thanks
Yves Bourde .... acknowledgment: training camp footage
Catherine Dolto .... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Dousseau .... acknowledgment: stills
Nathalie Enterline .... special thanks
Raimi Fasula-Moore .... special thanks
Cordia Gypsy Fasula-Petit .... dedicatee: this film is for
Barry Greenhouse .... special thanks (as N. Barry Greenhouse)
Haroun Hameed .... special thanks
Loretta Harris .... acknowledgment: stills
Jean François Heckel .... acknowledgment: stills (as Jean-François Heckel)
Jean François Heckel .... special thanks (as Jean-François Heckel)
John Kahn .... special thanks
T.J. Kellogg .... special thanks
Robert L. Lasky .... special thanks
Mark Lewis .... special thanks
Anne Mette Lundtofte .... special thanks
Anna May Marsh .... special thanks
Keith McNally .... special thanks
Dara McQuillan .... special thanks
Jim Moore .... acknowledgment: stills courtesy of Polaris Images
Kathy O'Donnell .... special thanks
Alain Petit .... special thanks
Léo Petit .... special thanks
Joaquin Diego Prange .... special thanks (as J. Diego Prange)
James Ricketson .... acknowledgment: archive, Sydney Harbour Bridge
Rebecca Saletan .... special thanks
Lucy Scala .... special thanks
Bob Schuler .... acknowledgment: archive
Rebecca Shalomoff .... special thanks
James Signorelli .... special thanks
Sam Szafran .... special thanks
Catherine Teegarden .... special thanks
Guy F. Tozzoli .... special thanks
Jemila Twinch .... special thanks
Michel Vionnet .... acknowledgment: training camp footage (as Michel Vionet)
Lynn Wagenknecht .... special thanks
Matt Warshaw .... special thanks (as Matthew Warshaw)

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references
94 min | USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
Color | Black and White (some scenes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:6 | Ireland:12A | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The helicopter reporter heard describing the tightwire walk (at 1:20:50 on the DVD) is Neil Bush, traffic helicopter pilot/reporter for WCBS NewsRadio88.See more »
Anachronisms: In the reenaction of Philippe Petit and his friend hiding from the night watchman at the WTC, a box on the floor has a present-day USPS logo.See more »
Philippe Petit:If I die, what a beautiful death!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Girlfriend Experience (2009)See more »
Dreams Of A JourneySee more »


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105 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
A unique, stunning, exhilarating and beautiful experience, 20 September 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

Constructed, believe it or not, as a heist film, composed of interviews, actual filmed footage from the seventies, re-enactments (done incredibly tastefully and intelligently) and a large number of photographs, "Man on Wire" from director James Marsh is a brilliant, audacious, stunning, and utterly enthralling film, and having seen it not more than an hour ago I can already say with confidence that it is one of the best documentaries ever made, not because it achieves the sort of brilliantly real observations on human behavior and emotions that a Maysles Bros. film does, but because it is a surprisingly hilarious, unbelievably well-crafted movie about so many absurdities, so much ridiculousness, such insane, insane acts (and yet so beautiful as well), and one which looks in on some of the most interesting people I think I've ever come across. I normally don't take to non-'cinema-verite' documentaries, but this is just about the biggest exception possible, as I will say with confidence that this is an a terrific film.

Philippe Petit, the wire-walker who walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, is one of the most absurd and audacious people I've ever seen in real life or recorded on film. His spirit fills every frame of the film, and his commitment to this dangerous, illegal, and almost unbelievably courageous act is astounding to witness. The film thankfully affords us the chance to get to know Philippe, and it would have been so easy for Marsh to focus only on the incredibly entertaining planning process for the audacious climactic act, but he doesn't, as through the interviews we get to know Philippe, Annie, and Jean-Louis quite well, and the interviews don't feel as put-on as they do in many other films.

I said that "Man on Wire" was one of the best documentaries ever made. I'm going to disagree with myself. As a documentary there have been many which are more effective. As a film, however, the skill that went into "Man on Wire" is absolutely outstanding. The editing, the quality of the re-enactments, the wealth of footage and still photographs, the excellent interviews, the film's wildly funny sense of humor (the audience at my screening laughed louder than a sold-out screening for most comedies), and the absolutely inspired idea to construct the film as a heist film make this one of the most memorable, exhilarating, and enthralling films I've ever come across. The idea to make it a heist film makes complete sense as well, as the careful planning that went into their entrance into the WTC towers and reaching the roof, and all the steps that led to it, definitely have the air of a typical heist film, complete with surveillance, inside men, disguises, false ID's, and all sort of wacky ruses. It's terrifically entertaining.

"Man on Wire" doesn't ignore 9/11, but it thankfully doesn't become a film which isn't about what its actual subject. There are fleeting moments (including the shot, which unfortunately is in the trailer, of Phillipe on the wire between the two towers and an airplane in the top left corner of the screen) which are immensely powerful and resonant, even chilling, but the film switches back to its effortlessly entertaining original format seconds later

Those with a fear of heights might find themselves hyperventilating at certain points in the film, as even I, someone who has never had an issue with looking down the side of a cliff, felt vertigo coming on at the still, looking down off the edge of the tower, of Phillipe sticking his foot out just before he began the walk across. I guess those are the only people I wouldn't highly, highly recommend this film to. It's a terrific, massively entertaining film, and even I, the grouchy fan of pretty much only ultra-realistic documentaries, have to admit that it is an immense artistic achievement.


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