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Man on Wire

PG-13
Movie
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...
11 years ago
Great documentary about a guy suffering from an acute iron aggregation in his testicles.
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Whitsbrain says...
2 years 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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Jordyep says...
3 months ago
This is fine, I don’t think it needs to be held in much higher regard than _The Walk_. It benefits from everything being so cinematic and well documented, watching Phillipe do his thing never gets old. I enjoyed how it delves into the process, even if I wanted it to be more critical of the main character and all of the difficulties/challenges/potential consequences involved in pulling this off. The tone of the documentary leans towards the celebratory side and that doesn’t always bring out the most tension. There’s also a sense of theatricality to the storytelling (narration, reconstruction, music) that I don’t think serves the material. It’s still a fine watch, but once you get past the initial shock and awe there’s something empty about it. 6/10
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pf5 says...
3 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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drqshadow
6/10  4 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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