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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I periigisi See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Timothy 'Speed' Levitch: The anti-cruise is an attempt to imprison us. At every level of living it exists. Younger cruisers have asked me, "Why?" "Why is the anti-cruise so avaricious and constant in its attempt to stop the cruise? And I have no answer. There is no answer. I mean, it's gravitational, it's a relationship that's made up of reciprocals and pulling gravities. It simply exists. Where there is cruise there is an escort of anti-cruise. But even in a bastion of anti-cruise fodder... there is cruise. Somewhere ...
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumn In New York
Written by Vernon Duke
Performed by Stan Getz & Chet Baker
Published by BMG Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Verve Records by arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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Genius or Nutcase?
10 November 2005 | by joshuabyronSee all my reviews

It's hard to tell. I was the Assistant Music Supervisor on this film and the reason it was shot in B&W was because Bennett Miller made the film on about $5,000 - It had nothing to do with trying to be "Arty." I saw the rough cuts of the film, and they were great because they gave you more of a glimpse into Tim's life. I ran into him on Wall Street this spring (2005), where he was shooting something. We chatted for a few minutes, but he was predictably vague about what he was doing and trying to comprehend the "Tim-Speak." The WTC scene is a little spooky to watch these days, but it's my favorite scene in the film for posterity reasons.


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