• The Cruise (1998)

The Cruise

Release Date: October 23rd, 1998

DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2006

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

Production Co: Columbia, TriStar Pictures

Keywords: 1990s, Underdog, Offbeat, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    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]

  • 88
    John PetrakisChicago Tribune

    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

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I get letters from people who would like to make a movie. My advice could be, find a subject like Speed Levitch and follow him around with a video camera. That's what Bennett Miller did--directing, producing and photographing The Cruise. show more

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