Man on Wire

2008, Performing Arts  -   15 Comments
Ratings: 8.07/10 from 14 users.

Man on WireOn 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 Marshs 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. (Excerpt from

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15 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Gabby Morgan

    i know u wolnt belive it but hes me great uncle

  2. Phynley

    I first saw this film at the cinema (art house) and I was in awe then, still am. Wierd to see the plane shots above the towers in light of what happened there, its a kind of prophecy film, doing it for the last time.....Peace

  3. Morsie

    Great video and what a fearless man.

  4. Andrew Fleet

    Phillipe is an epic character in so many ways. Without question an obsessive, courageous freak and compelling story teller to boot. I do wonder though, with balls as big as his, how did he walk so straight?

  5. Cubesz

    Mega video tells you to wait sometime after watching like 75 mins. If you don't like that just wait for the video to load all the way. Disconnect from the internet and click play, you should be able to watch the whole thing as long as you waited for it to load

  6. Toni

    What a great Documentary. This Guys were so crazy, motivated . Its a fantastic piece of art. Very well filmed which shows the special personality of the main character.

    A Must see docu!!

  7. Randy

    Yeah, yeah, a dude walked on a wire, big fat hairy deal...

    Listen, Sadie the Celt, very Welsh, that is nice...

    Listen, the thing is, as Samhain, or Hallowe'en gets closer, all I want to do is eat human brains.

    Is that rude?

    I would really want to eat Vlatko's brain, then Achems', then Epicurus', then any other human that walked in my path...

    But, yours would be right UP THERE!

    Would you find it impolite if I ripped open the top of your skull with my claws and teeth?

    I'm just axin' youse guyses!

    All's I'm sayin'

    1. Vlatko


      Better focus on female brains. They're way smarter.

  8. Sadie The Celt

    well well well well.....I dont know what to say! - incredible feat.....HE HAS GOT SOME GUTS! way to gooooooo

  9. Zack

    Absolutely loved this documentary. Also, I didn't realize how much all those years of French immersion really payed off until now.

  10. Eff

    What a warm up act to 9/11 I was experiencing vertigo watching it. Now that's: GETTING WIRED! Big Time....

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  12. Solon

    Very well done documentary. Extremely entertaining. Watch it!

  13. Sam

    I like it so far, but how do I get subtitles to appear?

  14. Achems Razor

    Excellent! A once in a lifetime feat! A must see!