2008   UK, USA Man on Wire
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Director:James Marsh
Studio:Discovery Films
Writer:Philippe Petit
IMDb Rating:7.9 (16,056 votes)
Awards:5 wins & 1 nomination
Duration:90 min
James Marsh  ...  (Director)
Philippe Petit  ...  (Writer)
Philippe Petit  ...  Himself
Annie Allix  ...  Herself
Jean-Louis Blondeau  ...  Himself
Ardis Campbell  ...  Annie
David Demato  ...  Jean Louis
David Forman  ...  Himself
David Roland Frank  ...  Alan (as David Frank)
Barry Greenhouse  ...  Himself
Aaron Haskell  ...  Jean Francois
Jean Fran├žois Heckel  ...  Himself
Paul McGill  ...  Philippe Petit
Jim Moore  ...  Himself
Joel Ney  ...  1970s Police Officer #1
Alan Welner  ...  Himself
Mark Lewis  ...  Himself
Guy F. Tozzoli  ...  Himself
Megan Delay  ...  The Admirer - Drama Reconstructions
Shawn Dempewolff-Barrett  ...  David - Drama Reconstructions
Igor Martinovic  ...  Cinematographer
Michael Nyman  ...  Composer
J. Ralph  ...  Composer
Jinx Godfrey  ...  Editor
Comments: 1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.

Summary: On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the worlds tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTCs security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan James Marshs documentary brings Petits extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as the artistic criime of the century.

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