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Man on Wire (2008)

Documentary, Biography, History |.

Man on Wire is a British-American biographical documentary film directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center. It is based on Petit’s 2002 book, To Reach the Clouds, released in paperback with the title Man on Wire.

The title of the film is taken from the police report that led to the arrest (and later release) of Petit, whose performance had lasted for almost one hour. The film is crafted like a heist film, presenting rare footage of the preparations for the event and still photographs of the walk, alongside re-enactments and present-day interviews with the participants, including Barry Greenhouse, an insurance executive who served as the inside man.

Man on Wire competed in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary and the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary. In February 2009, the film won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Director: James Marsh

Writer: Philippe Petit (based on the book “To Reach the Clouds” by)

Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix, David Forman, Alan Welner, Mark Lewis


Philippe PetitSelf
Jean François HeckelSelf (as Jean-François Heckel)
Jean-Louis BlondeauSelf
Annie AllixSelf
David FormanSelf
Alan WelnerSelf
Mark LewisSelf
Barry GreenhouseSelf (as N. Barry Greenhouse)
Jim MooreSelf
Guy F. TozzoliSelf (as Guy Tozzoli)
Paul McGillPhilippe – Drama Reconstructions
David DematoJean-Louis – Drama Reconstructions
Ardis CampbellAnnie – Drama Reconstructions
Aaron HaskellJean-François – Drama Reconstructions
Shawn Dempewolff-BarrettDavid – Drama Reconstructions (as Shawn Dempewolff)
David Roland FrankAlan – Drama Reconstructions (as David Frank)
Megan DelayThe Admirer – Drama Reconstructions
Laurence GatesDentist
Bruce KocherSecurity Guard on First Tower
Joel Ney1970s Police Officer #1
Robert SciglimpagliaPedestrian / Ford Mustang Driver

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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