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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".

Director:

James Marsh

Writer:

Philippe Petit (based on the book "To Reach the Clouds" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Petit ... Self
Jean François Heckel ... Self (as Jean-François Heckel)
Jean-Louis Blondeau ... Self
Annie Allix ... Self
David Forman ... Self
Alan Welner ... Self
Mark Lewis ... Self
Barry Greenhouse ... Self (as N. Barry Greenhouse)
Jim Moore ... Self
Guy F. Tozzoli Guy F. Tozzoli ... Self (as Guy Tozzoli)
Paul McGill ... Philippe - Drama Reconstructions
David Demato David Demato ... Jean-Louis - Drama Reconstructions
Ardis Campbell Ardis Campbell ... Annie - Drama Reconstructions
Aaron Haskell Aaron Haskell ... Jean-François - Drama Reconstructions
Shawn Dempewolff-Barrett Shawn Dempewolff-Barrett ... David - Drama Reconstructions (as Shawn Dempewolff)
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The elevator footage at 20:56 is from the film Hollow Man. Although in this documentary the clip is used to portray the elevator going up, in Hollow Man the exact same shot shows Kevin Bacon's character descending to his laboratory. 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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Connections

Version of Between the Towers (2005) See more »

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Leaving Home Sunday Exploration
Written by J. Ralph
Published by Tubby and the Spaniard Music Publishing
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Simply amazing
20 June 2008 | by random_guy2See all my reviews

I too saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival, and wow, what an experience.

It is hard to put into words just how good this film is, and on just how many levels it works. It is intensely fun, good-natured, laugh-out-loud funny at times, poignant and heart-wrenching at others. The images, not just of the central feat, but of many of Philippe Petit's performances are arresting and jaw-droppingly beautiful. Each of the supporting characters is colorful and entertaining in his or her own way, but none more so than Petit himself, who is so instantly likable that it is hard not to get immediately drawn in to this fascinating tale.

Even with this description, I am not doing the film justice. I have not seen a film this good in years. If you have a chance (I believe it is scheduled for release in August), GO SEE THIS MOVIE.


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Country:

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on Wire See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,392, 27 July 2008

Gross USA:

$2,962,242

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,258,569
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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