Man on Wire
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Late in the summer of 1974, a diminutive Frenchman named Philippe Petit made a splash (of the figurative kind, luckily) by treating unsuspecting NYC morning commuters to the sight of a lifetime: a man taking a casual morning stroll across a ¾" steel cable, stretched from rooftop to rooftop between the two towers of the then-unfinished World Trade Center, 1350 feet skyward. After traversing the 200 foot wide chasm with supernatural ease, he decided to turn around and have another go. And another. And another. All told, Petit made 8 round trips, with only one brief but memorable rest stop. He took a breather to lie on his back (mid-wire) and enjoy what had to have been the ultimate Moment of Zen ever experienced in the history of humankind, contemplating the sky and enjoying a little chit-chat with a seagull.
Now, a stunt like this doesn't just happen on a whim. There are a few logistical hurdles to consider beforehand. Like how do you transport 450 lbs of steel cable to the roof of one tower of the World Trade Center, and then safely tether it across to its twin? A clandestine operation of this magnitude requires meticulous planning, and at least a couple trustworthy co-conspirators. Sounds like the makings of a classic heist film, no?Read more ›
Those interviews of middle-aged daredevils, reminiscing about their greatest caper, were as intense for me as the dodgy accomplishment of the adventure. It was literally the end of a love affair with life for all of them, something "too hot not to cool down," an overture too overwhelming to be followed by a mere opera. When Petit's boyhood friend broke down in tears at the waning of their friendship, when Petit's wife-the-love-of-his-life felt the reality that his life no longer needed hers, the whole social cost of Petit's obsession moved me also almost to tears. Hey, I might have cried if my heart had slowed down to twice normal. I felt an urge to grab my son and hug or shake him, saying "don't let your art be more to you than your life."
There's more to this film than a mere victimless heist thriller.
"Man on Wire" (98 min.) tells the improbable story of Phillipe Petit's dream (and eventual reality) of walking on a high wire between the two WTC buildings on August 7, 1974. The movie starts with his humble beginngins of being a street artist, eventually leading to his wanting to do high wire walks, starting with the Paris Notre Dame, then the Sidney Harbor, and then eventually the World Trade Center Towers. The movie does an excellent job building the excitement into what it took to eventually pull off that implossible event. All of the main players of the event are interviewed now more than 30 years after the event, and Philippe Petit turns out to be a master entertainer and story teller. When you are watching it all unvolve, you can't but help be in awe of it all. Just exilerating, period.
If this movie doesn't get serious consideration of being nominated for best documentary of 2008 at the Oscars, there is something terribly wrong with the entire system. This is one of the most enthralling movies I've seen this year, and I've seen a lot of movies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story line is interesting but slow moving. There are subtitles so you have to be watching to catch them all. Read morePublished 2 days ago by linda4832
Interesting documentary. Old black and white photographic made it seem long ago...well it was. Seeing the twin towers were awesome. What a adventious man!Published 11 days ago by 330dolly
An astounding story that is brought to life through a lot of contemporary footage. I searched this out after seeing The Walk, and was pleased to find that The Walk was very true to... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Gary Stoll
It's amazing to see a person have so much concentration and confidence to do what this man did.Published 17 days ago by theWatchMan
Very interesting movie! Amazing story....almost unbelieveable actually.Published 24 days ago by MeWiseMagic
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|man on wire||
Absolutely. You are not alone. It almost seemed as though they used recent footage. I was taken aback--taken out of the film, really, back to coverage about 9/11.
The director did an outstanding job, and he may have tried for this effect, since he made no explicit reference to the terrorist... Read More
Jan 7, 2011 by Mothra | See all 2 posts
|"Man on Wire" on Blu-Ray -- USA Release Date?||
I contacted Magnolia pictures a few months ago, and this was the response that I received:
> Thank you for your interest in Man on Wire. The film is not currently
> scheduled for Blu-ray release, but please check our website,
> http://magpictures.com, for... Read More
Feb 23, 2009 by Ricardus Vincencius | See all 4 posts
|This movie is not playing/loading for some odd reason.||Be the first to reply|
|Was that Tim Russert?||Be the first to reply|