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Man on Wire

11 Ratings: 3.8
Art House & International and Documentary movie directed by James Marsh

Native New Yorkers know to expect the unexpected, but who among them could've predicted that a man would stroll between the towers of the World Trade Center? French high-wire walker Philippe Petit did just that on August 7th, 1974. Petit’s … see full wiki

Director: James Marsh
Genre: Foreign
6 reviews about Man on Wire
review by . February 26, 2010
Pros: beautiful interpretation by one man of life     Cons: none for me     The Bottom Line:   "Would I have walked between two towers,  Just like the man on wire,  Even though he had a chance of falling"  ~Vanders     Man on Wire is the documentary film directed by James Marsh and lightly taken from the book by Philippe Petit. It tells the story of his undying dedication to living his life to the …
review by . June 18, 2009
On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire and illegally rigged between the New York's twin towers. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released.     Sounds simple, right? It sounds like a pretty amazing accomplishment, maybe a little crazy, but probably not worth a full-length documentary. A fifteen minute news story, perhaps...but that's …
review by . March 23, 2009
James Marsh has created a documentary that pays homage to the early masters of the form and one that will stand on its own for generations to come.     It is the story of Phillipe Petit, a self-talk tightrope or wire walker, street performer, publicity hound and obsessive who captured the world's attention in 1976 when he, with the help of interesting band of confederates, walked a wire strung between the newly erected World Trade Center towers.     More than …
review by . December 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: At a hundred minutes, at least 30 or so are good.      Cons: This is a crime more than anything else and is basically overlooked.      The Bottom Line: Maddening in its incompleteness.  I wouldn't recommend it in general, but if moments of extreme egotism are your thing, then you will enjoy.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. First off Man on Wire, the tale of Philippe …
review by . December 07, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
When the charismatic and daring Frenchman Philipe Petit saw a drawing of the projected twin towers of the World Trade Center, he immediately knew. Even though they had yet to be built, he knew that someday he would have to cross them. This intense and exhilirating documentary aims to show us how and why. The how is easier to tell. Its effort to explore the why is what makes this documentary much more than merely exciting. We all need a reason to live, a passion to drive us. The greatest passions …
review by . November 11, 2008
I was lured into seeing this film by my teenage son, who is a circus acrobat by genetic conviction as surely as Philippe Petit was a high-wire walker and as I am a musician. I would never have entered the theater if I'd known what I'd be seeing. I have a pathologically empathetic response to films. When I was a little kid, I used to shout out warnings to Tweetie Bird when the cat got near. During fight scenes, my whole body twitches and my wife gets nervous for the safety of the unsuspecting head …
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