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The Cruise (1998)

Timothy 'Speed' Levitch , Bennett Miller  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy 'Speed' Levitch
  • Directors: Bennett Miller
  • Producers: Bennett Miller, David Cohen, David Yamner, J.B. Miller, Kevin McLeod
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5N65M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cruise" on IMDb

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Take an unforgettable ride through the concret canyons of Manhattan with Timothy "Speed" Levitch as your guide in this acclaimed documentary. Aboard Gray Line Tours double-decker buses. Speed shows off his beloved city while divulging in an orgy of trivial facts and vitriolic philosophies. Much more than a journey past New York's architectural and cultural landmarks, the tour loop is a part of an ongoing search for perfecition as Speed attempts to "rewrite the souls" of his clients. Both an adventure and a voyage, THECRUISE is ultimately about the search for worthwhile possibilities in a complex world.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 74 years old and in love with Timothy Levitch June 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Timothy Levitch is one of the people that makes New York the wonderland that it will always remain for people like me who grew up there and then were wrested from our roots in the fifties to go where the jobs, (and the apartments)were available, and to finally explore as well that mysterious land beyond the Hudson - and then if we were lucky on to the rest of the world. When we return, we are, alas,only tourists. But what a pleasure to meet Timothy, and ride his bus, his magic carpet, up and down the streets of Manhattan. Timothy: reminds me of Franz Schubert, the boy who despite his inner beauty and his enormous capacity for love, just never got the girl, or the appropriate job, or could make his parents understand that whatever he was, it was not ORDINARY. Timothy: Extraordinary. Will he survive in the world of brand names and fashion madness and where courting position and material wealth is required first and foremost before a man can even be judged to own a soul? I hope so, because as I said: to see him and hear him talk, and watch his sad and gallant walk, is to fall in love with him. If I were 50 years younger we would be walking (gallantly) down Third Avenue, together holding hands and happy.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mind. September 30, 2002
By dave-o
Format:VHS Tape
Witnessing Tim Levitch's New York unflold in his honest, artful, poetic monologues is like watching the universe spit out its greatest secrets. The city becomes a living metaphor from the grid system of the streets to the terra-cotta cornices running up a building. Even familiar landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Crystler Building take on new personas in the eyes of Levitch. He champions a simple beauty which holds high above all else individuality which he calls a "beautiful lie".
Challenge yourself and everything you think. This is a must-see.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a crazy and informative trip March 27, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great documentary. Timothy is a total riot. I wish I could have taken one of his tours of N.Y.C. He is the kind of New Yorker that make me want to go back again and again. He is full of personality and passion. The world needs more people like Timothy. He is a unique individual in this white bread homoginzed middle of the road wastland we live in.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely have to see this one March 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I got this on impulse after one of those terrible video-store episodes where there are 1000's of movies but not a single one that you could bear sitting in front of for 2 hours. What a gem. This guy, this loony, lovable, unattractive guy, is a true original. Some of his concepts have literally become part of the way I see the world. (My husband has assimilated it into his world too - his calls me 'the anti-cruise' at times, usually when I'm making a suggestion relating to copious beer consumption.) I am going to buy this when the price comes down, you just can't let something like this float past you and out of your life, but I will have to think of a way to stop my husband showing it to every poor visitor to this house for the next 20 years.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live your life ! January 2, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This movie needs to go to DVD now. It remains one of the

most powerful expressions of living and respecting each

moment of our lives. Mr. Levitch constantly reminds us to

take the blinders off and not miss any detail of this precious

life we have been handed.

Let's start thinking in terms of making this work of art much more available by putting it on DVD.

But don't let that stop you from buying it. It's worth dusting

off the ol VCR, and you'll watch it over and over. Brilliant!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colaboration of the Manifestations of Cruiszation January 27, 2001
By Thor
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this film, unexpectanly, when I strangly Cruised into a local movie theater. After seeing this movie I couldn't drive for over 2 hours because I was so shocked and moved that I couldn't function as a normal person. I am still shocked with the beauty and truth that is beheald inbetween the pieces of plastic that costs so much. This is the absolute best movie of the 90's - without question.
Take the Cruise into your life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not a major hit! January 30, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is an amazingly intimate film about a remarkable guy who everyone should encounter. Speed is brilliant, clever, passionate, entertaining, and then to complete the impossible, he is also profoundly thoughtful about life and others. It is fascinating and enlightening to see how Speed reconciles his pain and his practically visionary perspective on New York and life. I'm amazed this is not a major hit.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars philosophical bus tour August 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"I think having an intimate 'love affair' with a flower is far more psychotic and riveting than having a love affair with some of the more banal creatures of the human race."
"Speed" Levitch is an intensely poetic individual. He's one of the most eccentric people I know of and that's not a put down. This is a documentary of someone rejecting convention and having to suffer for it. For example, he expresses some deep sadness when speaking of his grandparents. From their perspective he is a failure because he has not devoted his life to mere preservation and praticial pursuits.
Levitch takes you on a tour that is meant to force people to look at things differently. At one point, Levitch recalls a conversation he has with a women about the grid plan of New York city, with its 90 degree parrallel streets corners and rigid organization and he sees this as symbolic for the comformity and homogeneousness of civilization. It's a sad reflection of ourselves. It's a reflection of our inclination to stamp out diversity and change. These are ideas that are purposely woven into his tour and you can even see looks of apprehension on the faces of some of the tourists soon after he begins to speak.
I remember this guy from Waking Life because he had such a distinguishing voice and appearance. After seeing this I know see why he was so perfect for that movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Documentary at its best.
Published 7 days ago by SAM
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every second and penny
A most illuminating depiction of a living artist who can rattle one's cage, so long as his/her's whole self, especially the heart, is aloof and aware.
Published 3 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like watching a pagan, modern day Francis of Assisi.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is just a great movie. I recommend it to all, and especially if you are interested in NYC history. Speed is a genius, and is a pleasure to listen to. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeremy Manasia
2.0 out of 5 stars This was rated highly so I gave it a try, I did not appreciate it
Maybe you will. The guy is odd, certainly a character: high, nasal voice, talks about random subjects, mostly about New York but also about past relationships that caused him... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul A. Spangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare yourself.
This is going to be a mixture of curious joy and reflective melancholy, without a single moment of apathy. Worth every second of viewing.
Published 8 months ago by Diego
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcome the anti-cruise!
One of my favorite movies of all time. Highly recommended to anyone who feels overwhelmed and/or trapped by society, and wants to be reassured that there are other people out... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Meghan McKnight
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY TOP TEN LIST...
This brilliant portrait of a New York man is one of the best movies ever made. It is beautifully filmed and gives us deep insight into a true genius who is unfettered by... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bay Buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love it but...
I wanted more of Speed's cruise and fewer meditations on cruising. He's a fascinating guy. This doc is so slow and artsy. Very much of it's time and place.
Published 16 months ago by Heidi
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful
Rarely do I turn off a movie and not get through it but this was one of those movies. I watched this on a plane ride and was confined to my seat for 2 hours and yet would have... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Emily
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