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The Cruise (1998)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 23 October 1998 (USA)
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Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses. He talks fast, is in love with the city, and dispenses historical facts, ... See full summary »

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Bennett Miller
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Timothy 'Speed' Levitch ... Himself
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Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses. He talks fast, is in love with the city, and dispenses historical facts, architectural analysis, and philosophical musings in equal measures. He's reflective and funny about cruising: he loves it, got in it to meet women, and he'd quit work if he could. His personal life is disclosed in small doses: he takes home $200 a week for 20 hours work, home is his suitcase and wherever he can flop, he's been arrested for going out on the roof tops of skyscrapers to see his city; he stands between the towers of the World Trade Center, spins until he's dizzy, then looks up. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You are 3 1/2 blocks away from infinity. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$139,064 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,127, 25 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$238,434, 10 January 1999
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Charter Films Inc. See more »
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Edward Norton's favorite movie. See more »

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Timothy 'Speed' Levitch: When she says to me, after my statement, 'Everyone likes The Grid Plan,' isn't she automatically excluding myself from 'everyone'?
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References The Odyssey (1997) See more »

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Spinning
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Timothy "Speed" Levitch is more than just a New York crank.
10 November 1998 | by OneLuLuSee all my reviews

Timothy "Speed" Levitch is more than just a New York crank, he's a spokesman for the genX drop out philosophy; find the space you are happy in, forget the rest. Forget the conventions, forget the rules. He's cruising because he's in love with everything that is creative and destructive in himself. That's what a romantic does. And he is the quintessential modern romantic.

The Cruise has been criticized as for being a purely sympathetic portrait of Levitch-- but that's what makes it so exhilarating; we are brought to Levitch's way of seeing; we don't come to judge, but to cruise.

When I try to think of flaws in this movie, I come up with virtues: that we don't get enough, that Levitch's secrets are not revealed, that we are left wondering about the reactions of those pastel-visored tourists... these mysteries actually augement the movie's charm.

I should have given it a nine.


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