The story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Narrator (voice)
Peter Quinn ...
Himself, author
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Himself, documentary film director
Christine Roussel ...
Herself, archiving specialist, Rockefeller Center
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Jim Rasenberger ...
Himself, non-fiction author
Sergio Ferrari ...
Himself, sculptor
Dan Barry ...
Himself, reporter, The New York Times
Richard J. Schuler ...
Himself, iron worker
Kevin P. Murphy ...
Himself, iron worker
Joe Woolhead ...
Himself, photographer
Maria Tecce ...
Herself, singer
Ken Johnston ...
Himself, archivist, Corbis Images
Michael Whelan ...
Himself, pub landlord, Shanaglish, Ireland
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New York City, 1932. The country is in the throes of the Great Depression, the previous decade's boom of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants has led to unprecedented urban expansion, and in the midst of an unseasonably warm autumn, steelworkers risk life and limb building skyscrapers high above the streets of Manhattan. In Men at Lunch, director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza that depicts eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder - boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk, Central Park and the misty Manhattan skyline stretching out behind them. For 80 years, the identity of the eleven men - and the photographer that Immortalized them - remained a mystery: their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. But then, at the start of the 21st century, the photograph finally began to give up some of its secrets. Part ... Written by First Run Features

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$1,530 (USA) (20 September 2013)

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$2,329 (USA) (4 October 2013)
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In the era when the Empire State Building & Rockefeller Center were built, developers factored in one dead worker for every twelve floors. See more »

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Interesting look at iconic image for first half
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a documentary about an iconic photograph picture taken on Sept 20, 1963 of 11 ironworkers sitting on a beam high above at 30 Rock having lunch.

The movie examines the aesthetics which was interesting but gets repetitive. Then we find the negatives in Pennsylvania's Iron Mountain underground vaults which proves it's authenticity but also cool to see the collection.

Finally we get to the heart of the documentary. We go find the identities of the workers on the beam and the photographer. In that, it was rather disappointing. Other than 2 workers, we aren't given much and there isn't a definitive ID on the photographer either. But it drags on and on after that.

It's a interesting look at an iconic image. But the film doesn't have the material to fill 75 minutes. It's probably good for 40 minutes.


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