Man On Wire

Man on Wire is a new documentary currently in limited release about an amazing stunt that took place at the World Trade Center in 1974.

On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After an hour dancing on the wire, with no safety net or harness, he was arrested and thrown into an underground prison. Until that moment no one but Petit and his team of accomplices, who had spent months planning their illegal ‘coup’ (as they referred to it amongst themselves) knew anything about it.

Born out of a dream and an idea, Petit and his team of accomplices spent eight months planning the execution of their ‘coup’ in the most intricate detail. Like a team of professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the tasks they faced seemed virtually insurmountable: they would have to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; to smuggle the wire and rigging equipment into the towers; to suspend the wire between the two towers; to secure the wire at the correct tension to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings; to rig it secretly by night – all without being caught. Not to mention the walk itself…

9 thoughts on “Man On Wire”

  1. This was a fantastic movie! I was able to see it at the Berkshire International Film Festival (biffma dot com) this spring, and Philip Petit was even there for a question and answer session afterward. Amazing. Almost unbelievable.

  2. OMG I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! This movie was incredible. It left me breathless. I saw it at the Jackson Film Festival and it had to be one of my favorite movies ever. So often you see movies about killing and theft and deceit and just once there’s a movie about REAL PEOPLE breaking free from the unnecessary binds of society to do something incredible. I didn’t think I would ever be able to see it again, but it says it’s coming out!

  3. My husband and I saw this documentary today,8-17-08 @ Camelview 5 in Scottsdale, Az. I truly held my breath! My daughter use to work for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 102nd floor,(now in London) A lot of anxiety
    for me.Philip is truly a free spirit. The emotions evoked by his friends were so raw, and tender. We should all try harder for ourselves, and for humanity. Life is too short, not to see our dreams come true! I would loved to have been at that question and answer session above.

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