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The Cruise

PG-13| 1 hr. 16 min.

Plot Summary
This black-and-white documentary by director Bennett Miller focuses on Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a highly eccentric New York City tour guide. Employed by the Gray Line bus company, which pays him $200 a week for part-time work, the outgoing Levitch shares historical facts with his captive tourist audience, noting where renowned literal figures lived and frequented. Levitch is also eager to impart odd philosophical bits as he discusses his life and his love/hate relationship with Manhattan.

Cast: Timothy "Speed" Levitch

Director: Bennett Miller

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Artisan Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Cruise (1998)

Release Date: October 23rd, 1998|1 hr. 16 min.

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  • The movie's strength is that it makes us want to know more about Levitch, and we pay attention as the tidbits are dropped -- that he's from a middle-class Jewish family in upstate New York, and that he did time in prison. The movie's flaw is that, having gained our attention, it fails to tell us what we want to know. show more

  • How much is shaman and how much is showman is hard to tell. Some of Levitch's staccato soliloquies have the ring of truth, and some have the ring of jive. Either way, though, The Cruise is a journey worth taking. [27 Nov 1998, p.03] show more

  • Even if you have no interest in documentaries or the facade that is New York City, The Cruise transcends its artistic boundaries to becomes something strange and unique. show more

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