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Man on Wire (2008)

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Man on Wire is a movie starring Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, and Jean-Louis Blondeau. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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Box Office

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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Low on money for the Sydney Harbor Bridge walk, Philippe Petit got the cable in exchange for an impromptu juggling and magic show he put on for employees. 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: If I die, what a beautiful death!
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Connections

Version of The Walk (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Written by Edvard Grieg (as Edvard Greig)
Performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Courtesy of BMG Music
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Outstanding psychological journey
20 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

For me, this is what cinema is all about, and this film is striking in that it encapsulates so much in a documentary. Man On Wire has more suspense, thrills, wonder, imagination, human spirit and inspiration than any other film I have seen in recent years. The music, composition and photography, structure and editing are all superb. Some of the shots are simply breathtaking. Some scenes in the film are incredibly atmospheric, and they will be forever burned in your mind. The film captures a human sense of achievement, drive and determination better than any other film I know. Heres the ultimate proof of this films power - the audience didn't shift until a good couple of minutes into the credits.


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