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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... See more »

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 45 wins & 11 nominations.
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Himself (as Jean-François Heckel)
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Herself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself (as N. Barry Greenhouse)
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Himself
Guy F. Tozzoli ...
Himself (as Guy Tozzoli)
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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)
David Roland Frank ...
Alan - Drama Reconstructions (as David Frank)
Megan Delay ...
The Admirer - Drama Reconstructions
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Gates ...
Dentist (uncredited)
Bruce Kocher ...
Security Guard on First Tower (uncredited)
Joel Ney ...
1970s Police Officer #1 (uncredited)
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Pedestrian / Ford Mustang Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Marsh

Written by

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Philippe Petit ... (based on the book "To Reach the Clouds" by)

Produced by

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Simon Chinn ... producer
Liz Fay ... archive producer
Nick Fraser ... executive producer: BBC
Alex Graham ... executive producer
Victoria Gregory ... co-producer
Jonathan Hewes ... executive producer
Richard Klein ... commissioning editor: BBC
Andrea Meditch ... executive producer: Discovery Films
Maureen A. Ryan ... co-producer

Music by

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Michael Nyman
J. Ralph ... (segment "WTC Heist")

Cinematography by

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Igor Martinovic ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jinx Godfrey

Editorial Department

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Chi Yoon Chung ... assistant editor
Molly Condit ... assistant editor
Joseph Dillingham ... assistant editor (as Joe Dillingham)
Adam Downey ... on-line editor
Justin Eely ... on-line editor
Anne Monnehay ... assistant editor
Luke Rainey ... film colorist
Greg Sanderson ... editorial executive: BBC
Andrew Dearnley ... digital film supervisor (uncredited)
Steve Knight ... digital intermediate technician (uncredited)
Andy Richards ... senior digital intermediate technician (uncredited)
Gareth Spensley ... additional colorist (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Sharon Lomofsky ... production designer: New York

Makeup Department

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Maria Cancreti ... hair stylist assistant: New York / makeup artist assistant: New York
Amy Duskin ... key hair stylist: New York (as Amy Spiegel) / key makeup artist: New York (as Amy Spiegel)
Sherri Berman Laurence ... chief hair artist: New York (as Sherri Laurence) / chief makeup artist: New York (as Sherri Laurence)
Virginia Meyers ... hair stylist assistant: New York (as Virgina Meyers) / makeup artist assistant: New York (as Virgina Meyers)
Christopher Milone ... hair stylist assistant: New York (as Chris Milone) / makeup artist assistant: New York (as Chris Milone)

Production Management

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W. Clark Bunting ... executive in charge of production: Discovery (as Clark Bunting)
Helena Ely ... head of production
John B. Ford ... executive in charge of production: Discovery (as John Ford)
Olivia Foster ... production manager: Discovery
Kate George ... post-production manager
Nelson Khoury ... production supervisor: New York
Marc Linmore ... production manager: Discovery
Fiona Morham ... head of production: UK Film Council
Kathy O'Donnell ... production director: for Philippe Petit
Magdalena Sole ... unit production manager: New York

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Eric Berkal ... second assistant director: New York
Curtis Smith ... first assistant director: New York
Dan Taggatz ... second second assistant director: New York

Art Department

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Marcelo Alves ... art production assistant: New York
Nicole Arendt ... carpenter: New York
Kit Bland ... art production assistant: New York (as Christopher Bland)
Joe Cairo ... carpenter: New York (as Joseph Cairo)
April Cary ... set dresser: New York
Jeanine Christiansen ... set dresser: New York
Jessica Cimoch ... art production assistant: New York
Stephen Cipoletto ... carpenter: New York
Richard Daniel Cohen ... set carpenter: New York (as Rich Cohen)
Gonzalo Cordoba ... property master: New York
Milton Dean ... carpenter: New York
Jacob Eben ... set dresser: New York
Nate Gallup ... carpenter: New York
Roxy Gillespie ... leadperson: New York
Kelly Q.E. Hudson ... art production assistant: New York (as Kelly Hudson)
Thomas Leach ... carpenter: New York
Sharon Lomofsky ... production designer: New York
Daniel Lugo ... art production assistant: New York
Douglas Lunt ... set dresser: New York (as Doug Lunt)
Simone McLaughlin ... art production assistant: New York
James Moritz ... set dresser: New York
Jason Murphee ... painter: New York (as Jason Murphree)
Nikia Nelson ... set decorator: New York
Pamela Nullet ... art production assistant: New York
Diana Puntar ... set construction head: New York
Juli Raja ... painter: New York
Carlos Vidal ... carpenter: New York
Bentley Wood ... assistant property master: New York

Sound Department

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James Cullen ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Giancarlo Dellapina ... sound recordist: second unit, Paris
Claire Ellis ... sound editor
George Foulgham ... re-recording mixer
Claire Mahoney ... foley artist
Lisa-Marie McStay ... sound editor (as Lisa McMahon)
Steven Robinson ... sound recordist: New York

Visual Effects by

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Demian Cacciolo ... digital image scanning: Duggal
Simon Clarke ... visual effects supervisor: Clarke Associates
Michael Illingworth ... digital rostrum: Clarke Associates
Tim Kilgour ... 3D animator: Clarke Associates
Teni Noravian ... digital compositor: Clarke Associates
Paul Roberts ... 2D animator: Clarke Associates
Serdar Simga ... digital matte painter: Clarke Associates
Lucy Teire ... visual effects producer: Clarke Associates
Mark J. Flores Corpuz ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Adam Rowland ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rik Andino ... strike crew: New York
David Anthony ... strike crew: New York
Gordon Arkenberg ... first assistant camera: New York (as Gorden Arkenberg)
Jonathan Bellet ... camera operator: second unit, Paris
Buck Berk ... camera loader: New York
Richard Brodet ... gaffer: second unit, Paris
René Crout ... first assistant camera: New York (as Rene Crout)
David Dilley ... still photographer: New York
Corey Eisenstein ... strike crew: New York
John Frisbie ... gaffer: New York
James Gray ... generator operator: New York, TCI
T.J. Hellmuth ... electrician: New York (as TJ Hallmuth)
Kevin Hunt ... grip: documentary, New York
Aaron Jacobs ... grip: New York
Chris Jara ... best boy electric: New York
Bryan Landes ... strike crew: New York
Damon Lemay ... first assistant camera: New York (as Damon LeMay)
Nick Maczka ... grip: New York (as Nick Macska)
James Madrid ... camera loader: New York
Patrick Murray ... electrician: New York
Megan Nole ... grip: New York
Aaron Randall ... dolly grip: New York / key grip: New York
Kelly J. Richardson ... crane operator: New York (as Kelly Richardson)
Steven Robinson ... digital imaging technician: New York
Ethan Rosenduft ... strike crew: New York
Meg Schrock ... electrician: New York
Rick Siegel ... additional cinematographer: New York
Brian Smith ... grip: New York
Elizabeth Stern ... strike crew: New York
Chris Varga ... gaffer: documentary, New York
John Vendetti ... best boy grip: New York
Lee Vickery ... first assistant camera: New York
George Santo Pietro ... dolly grip: additional photography (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Adine Duron ... casting director: New York
Steve Zak ... extras casting production assistant: New York

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Melinda Basaca ... wardrobe assistant: New York
Meghan Corea ... wardrobe assistant: New York
Andrea Grogan ... wardrobe intern: New York
Kathryn Nixon ... costume designer: New York

Location Management

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Isabelle Berman ... location fixer: second unit, Paris
Lin Saunders ... location scout: New York (as Tswana Lin Saunders)

Music Department

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Brian Binsack ... scoring second engineer
John Boughtwood ... music consultant
Bub Jess ... music arranger: WTC heist music / music producer: WTC heist music
Gary Morris ... music studio coordinator
Arthur Pingrey ... music co-producer: WTC heist music / music editor / music programming / pro tools operator: music

Transportation Department

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Ramon Morillo ... driver: cast (uncredited)

Other crew

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Simone Abecassis ... production accountant
Luis Arias ... production assistant: New York
Danielle Beeber ... assistant production coordinator: New York
Alexandre Berman ... assistant: Philippe Petit, second unit, Paris
Daniel Briggs ... production assistant: New York
Janice Brown ... insurance: Ventura Insurance, New York
Sarah Caughey ... additional legal services: Olswang, New York
Janell Coles ... legal and business affairs: Discovery
Leonard Crooks ... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council (as Lenny Crooks)
Alison Dalton ... production assistant: New York (as Alision Dalton)
David Dilley ... stills photography
Phil Dorling ... production assistant: New York
Annette Drees ... script supervisor: New York (as Annette M. Drees)
Laetitia Ducom ... production coordinator: second unit, Paris
Jason Emerton ... legal and business affairs: BBC
Linzy Emery ... transcription services: New York
Valerie Fanarjian ... production assistant: New York
Tahar Guendouzi ... runner: second unit, Paris
Sharoya Hall ... production assistant: New York
Robin Hilton ... legal services: Red Box Films, New York
Tom Horovitch ... legal and business affairs
Claire Hungate ... legal and business affairs
Himesh Kar ... senior executive: UK Film Council
Matt Katzive ... communications: Discovery
James Kay ... additional legal services: Olswang, New York
Gabe Kolodny ... production assistant: New York
Johanna Kovitz ... transcription services: New York
Jo Lapping ... strand executive: BBC
Al Lazzio ... archery consultant: New York
Jon Lerner ... legal and business affairs: Discovery
Patrick Mahoney ... craft service: New York
Lindsay Mattson ... key production assistant: New York
Louis Menchise ... production assistant: New York
Cassie Mensah ... legal and business affairs
Ramon Morillo ... production assistant: New York
Alex Panagakis ... publicist
Amanda Pyne ... production finance: UK Film Council
David Reefer ... production assistant: New York
Daniel Rutledge ... production assistant: New York
Julie Sibony ... production assistant: second unit, Paris / translator: second unit, Paris
Gab Taraboulsy ... translation services: New York
Darapon Vongsa-Nga ... production coordinator: post production
Samantha Waite ... production coordinator: New York
Claire Warnes ... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Claire Witham ... production coordinator
Alexandra Geregova ... intern (uncredited)
Rob van de Laar ... craft service (uncredited)

Thanks

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Nathan Adams ... special thanks
Annie Allix ... special thanks
Étienne Becker ... acknowledgment: training camp footage (as Etienne Becker)
Jean-Louis Blondeau ... acknowledgment: stills courtesy of Polaris Images / special thanks
Lara Bobroff ... special thanks
Yves Bourde ... acknowledgment: training camp footage
Catherine Dolto ... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Dousseau ... acknowledgment: stills
Nathalie Enterline ... special thanks
Raimi Fasula-Moore ... special thanks
Cordia Gypsy Fasula-Petit ... dedicatee: this film is for
Barry Greenhouse ... special thanks (as N. Barry Greenhouse)
Haroun Hameed ... special thanks
Loretta Harris ... acknowledgment: stills
Jean François Heckel ... acknowledgment: stills (as Jean-François Heckel) / special thanks (as Jean-François Heckel)
John Kahn ... special thanks
T.J. Kellogg ... special thanks
Robert L. Lasky ... special thanks
Mark Lewis ... special thanks
Anne Mette Lundtofte ... special thanks
Anna May Marsh ... special thanks
Keith McNally ... special thanks
Dara McQuillan ... special thanks
Jim Moore ... acknowledgment: stills courtesy of Polaris Images
Kathy O'Donnell ... special thanks
Alain Petit ... special thanks
Léo Petit ... special thanks
Joaquin Diego Prange ... special thanks (as J. Diego Prange)
James Ricketson ... acknowledgment: archive, Sydney Harbour Bridge
Rebecca Saletan ... special thanks
Lucy Scala ... special thanks
Bob Schuler ... acknowledgment: archive
Rebecca Shalomoff ... special thanks
James Signorelli ... special thanks
Sam Szafran ... special thanks
Catherine Teegarden ... special thanks
Guy F. Tozzoli ... special thanks
Jemila Twinch ... special thanks
Michel Vionnet ... acknowledgment: training camp footage (as Michel Vionet)
Lynn Wagenknecht ... special thanks
Matt Warshaw ... special thanks (as Matthew Warshaw)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le funambule (France)
  • Man on Wire - Der Drahtseilakt (Germany)
  • O Equilibrista (Brazil)
  • Ember a magasban (Hungary)
  • Канатоходец (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Box Office

Budget GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP98,508, 03 Aug 2008

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2009). See more »
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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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