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" Man on Wire " - The artistic crime of the century.

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 Marsh's 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 crime of the century.



Wonderful! Beautiful! Exhilarating! Inspiring!

Highly Recommended!
 

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I am sure its a good movie, but I cant help but think of idiots like these when I think of the subject matter: http://www.wimp.com/insanekid/

I had to look away, this was hard to watch.
 

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I am sure its a good movie, but I cant help but think of idiots like these when I think of the subject matter: http://www.wimp.com/insanekid/

I had to look away, this was hard to watch.

I just checked out that video. Yeah, it made my stomach turn a bit. That's just outrageous! Man on Wire, the movie, doesn't have any of that queasiness, fortunately.
 

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I watched Man on Wire right after it's DVD release a few weeks ago. It was great! I really enjoyed how this documentary was put together to emphasize that this stunt was much more like a caper. After watching it, I recommend going and digging up the news article on the NYTimes website. The reaction from the NYPD both in the movie and the article are priceless.
 

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I rented this and thought it was an amazing story. I had never heard of this or would have ever though it was possible. The French dudes passion for his craft was incredible. It really is so great that so much of this was documented. Definitly worth the rental!
 
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