Man On Wire

Man On Wire

Directed by James Marsh

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 world's 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 WTC's 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.

Director James Marsh chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 death-defying high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center in this award-winning documentary.

Cast: Philippe Petit, Jean Fran├žois Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau

Member Reviews

Superb!

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4 years ago

Inspiring. Full screen viewing is the way it should be enjoyed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0wP6iRCs0E

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4 years ago