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Man on Wire

PG-13| 1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
Using actual footage from the event seamlessly mingled with new re-enactments, filmmaker James Marsh masterfully recreates high-wire daredevil Philippe Petit's 1974 stunt: performing acrobatics on a thin wire strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Plotting his feat like a master cat burglar, Petit enlists the help of a motley group of friends as he calculates every detail, from acquiring building access to stringing up the wire, and manages to pull off an astounding crime.

Cast: Annie Allix , Jean François Heckel ,

Director: James Marsh

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Man on Wire (2008)

Release Date: July 25th, 2008|1 hr. 30 min.

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  • January 01, 2009 mistterpickle
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    Soooo overrated

  • September 17, 2008 LEDZ0F0
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    MAN ON WIRE - Documentary of the events of Philippe Petit's "afternoon stroll" between the Twin Towers. Movie covers this like a glove, from the planning of the blessed event, the troubles, worries etc of his accomplises, the getting past the guards, the way they managed to sneak some unbelieveably sized equipment from the ground floor to the roof etc etc etc. It's told back in forth in flash backs, with each of his accomplises relaying their views and given the audience pieces of info on how and who and when. And it's tied together so well even my memory could keep up. And nearly as much as the event itself, the planning and (things I shall not mention that would fail with words to describe) all relayed to us by each of his accomplisses. You can truly feel, outside of Phelippe hiself, noone else thought they could pull it off. Every scene once they get to the roof is live footage. They recorded it all on tape, all the accomplisses chip in with dialogue/retrospect where they fit in. Once he gets on the wire, people in the street below start realizing what is going on, and it's like new york city stops, everyone is looking up, so as passbyers wander up and see everyone else looking up they look up, frozen in disbelief as is everyone else, watching Philippe live out his dream. I found myself on the edge of my seat often enough to notice it, which really would only take once, but I was there far more than once. Loved it! 5outta 5. I REPEAT THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY..BIG YAWNNNN, IT AIN'T! NEW YORKERS SHOULD BE LINING UP TO SEE IT!

  • September 13, 2008 agotthelf
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    Breathtaking - and a pleasure to see the Twin Towers as they were meant to be, not as a reminder of destructive evil

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