• Man on Wire (2008)

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Man on Wire

Release Date: July 25th, 2008

DVD Release Date: December 9th, 2008

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

Production Co: UK Film Council, Discovery Films

Keywords: Police officer, Friend, France, 1970s, New York City, Quest, Underdog, Girlfriend, Suspenseful, Fascinating, Friendship

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Delightful. show more

  • 100
    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune

    The film itself is perfectly poised between artistry and audacity. It's beautiful. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Man on Wire is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism. show more

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Awards

Winner Documentary (Feature)
Winner Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)