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Man on Wire

PG-13
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2008
1h 34m
English
Documentary
On August 7th 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped out on a high wire, illegally rigged between New York's World Trade Center twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the wire, 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan, he was arrested. This fun and spellbinding documentary chronicles Philippe Petit's "highest" achievement.
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Directed By: James Marsh
Written By: Philippe Petit

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Ilium says...
9 years ago
Great documentary about a guy suffering from an acute iron aggregation in his testicles.
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Whitsbrain says...
9 months ago
The fact that Philippe Petit actually walked on a wire for an hour, 1350 feet above the ground is unfathomable enough, but how they had to engineer the tightrope system, get all the materials on site, and rig everything up without detection made it all the more mind-boggling. Myself being someone who isn't fond of heights, it is inconceivable that any human being would be able to do what Petit did. An amazing and insane accomplishment, for certain. On the other hand, there was plenty to be creeped out by. Petit had his friends wrapped around his little finger. Everything was geared to his success in fulfilling his dream. It reminded me of the hangers-on that Billy Mitchell used in the documentary "King Of Kong".
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pf5 says...
2 years ago
Well, I got to say that the ending part left me with not a a very positive view of the main person. Nevertheless, great achievement.
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jarvis-8243417 says...
2 years ago
Based on the memoir of Philippe Petit, Man on Wire tells the extraordinary story of one of the most daring artistic coups of the 20th century. In this documentary Petit and his team recount their 1974 exploit of rigging a high-wire between the World Trade Center towers (still under construction at the time) in order for Petit to give a wire walking performance. In addition to the interviews, original footage and re-enactments are used to help complete the story; showing how the team planned and trained for the event (infiltrating construction crews, building scale models, etc.). However, the filmmakers don’t explore the larger context; i.e. the impact that the event had. Still, Man on Wire is a remarkably compelling look at a feat of incredible ingenuity and audacity.
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drqshadow
6/10  2 years ago
Philippe Petit, a self-taught French highwire artist, falls in love with the unfinished World Trade Center towers and daydreams of walking the cloud-level span between them. Together with an international band of comrades, girlfriends and stoners, he perfects his craft, tests his will on lesser stru More
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