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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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Robert Zemeckis (screenplay), Christopher Browne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Young Girl with Candy
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Dental Office Receptionist
Jean-Robert Bourdage ... Dental Patient
Sylvie Lemay Sylvie Lemay ... Dental Patient
Sasha Dominique ... Dental Patient
Soleyman Pierini ... Boy Petit
Jade Kindar-Martin Jade Kindar-Martin ... Circus High Wire Performer
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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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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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Trivia

Philippe Petit personally trained Joseph Gordon-Levitt how to walk on a tightrope. When the training started, Petit predicted that Gordon-Levitt would need no more than eight days of training to be able to walk on a wire alone, which came true. See more »

Goofs

American calendars begin on a Sunday; so American viewers might get the impression that the August 6, 1974 shown on the calendar was a Monday. However, the calendar shown is French, which correctly indicates that August 6, 1974 was a Tuesday ("Mardi"). 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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Connections

Version of Between the Towers (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Take You Higher
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone (as Sly & The Family Stone)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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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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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,299, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$10,137,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,181,942
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2.39 : 1
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