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The Walk (2015)

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In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

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Robert Zemeckis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Philippe Petit
Guillaume Baillargeon Guillaume Baillargeon ... Outdoor Café Man
Émilie Leclerc Émilie Leclerc ... Outdoor Café Woman (as Emilie Leclerc)
Mark Trafford Mark Trafford ... American Tourist
Inka Malovic ... Woman in Chalk Circle
Lucas Ramacière Lucas Ramacière ... Boy in Chalk Circle
Martin Lefebvre Martin Lefebvre ... Gendarme
Philippe Bertrand Philippe Bertrand ... Gendarme
Laurence Deschênes Laurence Deschênes ... Young Girl with Candy
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Dental Office Receptionist
Jean-Robert Bourdage ... Dental Patient
Sylvie Lemay Sylvie Lemay ... Dental Patient
Sasha Dominique Sasha Dominique ... Dental Patient
Soleyman Pierini ... Boy Petit
Jade Kindar-Martin Jade Kindar-Martin ... Circus High Wire Performer
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Storyline

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man - Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film, a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80, unlike anything audiences have seen before, is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, ... Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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From the director of Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Flight. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Czech

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Walk the Clouds See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,299, 4 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,137,502, 8 November 2015
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Philippe Petit, who is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, narrates the events of the film from the torch of the Statue of Liberty. The film is set in the 1970s, so the torch is seen to have its original old flame, which was replaced by a new one when the statue was renovated in 1986 for its centennial. See more »

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When Philippe bites the jawbreaker and breaks teeth, the jawbreaker is on the right side of his mouth. In the next scene, he goes into the dentist's office holding the left side of his face. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Philippe Petit: "Why?" That is the question people ask me most. Pourquoi? Why? For what? Why do you walk on the wire? Why do you tempt fate? Why do you risk death. But, I don't think of it this way. I never even say this word, death. La mort. Yes of okay, I said it once, or maybe three times, just now... But watch, I *will* not say it again. Instead, I use the opposite word. Life. For me, to walk on the wire, this is life. C'est la vie.
Philippe Petit: [now standing in the torch of the Statue of Liberty] So, ...
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Toby Dammit
Written by Nino Rota
Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Silva Screen Music America
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt struts with style and aspiration every step of the way
7 October 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

From the first scene Joseph Gordon-Levitt dons the all black persona and talks about his passion, I'm hooked. This monologue heavy delivery requires that caliber of performance from the lead, also reminds me of Ewan McGregor on Big Fish. It takes the audience on a bizarre yet fascinating adventure and makes us feel like a part of the character's larger-than-life endeavor.

This is the story of Philippe Petit, a performer with the idea of wire-walking across the World Trade Center towers. While it may sound simple, the journey there is a captivating one. The presentation is almost magical with circus act and flamboyant atmosphere, although there are plenty of realistic details and intricate planning involved, at times it almost feels like a funny heist movie.

Visual is breathtaking, the cinematography takes full advantages of the vistas, let it be small village or big city. The way the scenes are shot gives the movie a much more surreal ambiance. It's an enhanced realism, and although it's not as refined, there's a spirit of Hugo lingering here. It makes great use of 3D with timely panoramic shots and even stuff-thrown-at-your-face antic, but for this movie I wouldn't mind.

The same goes with its jazz influenced soundtracks, occasional slow ballad or alternate take on popular songs. The production value just oozes gorgeousness. All the technical aspects aside, the best attraction is definitely Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He is utterly remarkable, youthful and charming. This is the kind of acting prowess that can captivate audience with sheer passion, it's a true homage to the real life counterpart.

The Walk is nothing short of a breathtaking tale. Its charismatic protagonist and masterful visual invite the audience to not only walk alongside, but in a sense glide freely through such an inspiring story.


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