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Man on Wire (2008)

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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".

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... Himself
... Himself (as Jean-François Heckel)
... Himself
... Herself
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself (as N. Barry Greenhouse)
... Himself
Guy F. Tozzoli ... Himself (as Guy Tozzoli)
... 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)
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On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. Uses contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations to tell the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his passions and friendships, and the details of the night before the walk: getting cable into the towers, hiding from guards, and mounting the wire. It ends with observations of the profound changes the walk's success brought to Philippe and those closest to him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.


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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references | See all certifications »

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29 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man on Wire - Der Drahtseilakt  »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,392, 27 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,957,978, 1 March 2009
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Philippe Petit was 24 years old when he made the walk between the Twin Towers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Philippe Petit: Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.
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Referenced in Workaholics: Beer Heist (2014) See more »

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Gnossienne No. 1
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Gheorghe Constantinescu
Courtesy of Audio Networks
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.
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A perfect heist film
16 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

I saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Man on Wire is an exciting documentary about Philippe Petit who, thanks to his friends, managed to sneak into the World Trade Center in 1974 and do a high-wire act between the Twin Towers.

From the very start of the film it pulls you in, this is an amazing story and Petit is an amazing person to document. Sure, he's a reckless person and has a wild personality, but he's fascinating to watch. The interviews with him and his friends and "team" who helped pull off the stunt are extremely interesting and great to watch. It's fun watching old footage of Petit performing some of his previous acts, this guy really has talent, and may be a bit too determined and crazy. The reenactments are also well filmed and a nice job of telling the story.

This documentary plays like a classic heist film. It's filled with suspense and has many of those caper moments of mistakes that may ruin the entire job. Even though the final outcome is already known, it's still thrilling and you don't know if they will pull it off.

A well crafted film that does a wonderful job of telling the story of one man's dream and how he managed to make it a reality.


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