Man On Wire

Closed Capationed Director: James Marsh  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
Man On Wire
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Magnolia
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary
    • Featurette: Animated Short Film
    • Interviews: Philippe Petite
    • Bonus Footage: Unseen Footage - Sydney Harbour Bridge Crossing

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2009 - Best Documentary Feature

Entertainment Reviews:

Film Comment - 07/01/2008
"[I]ts fantasy of an aesthetically driven city out of lockstep with financial or legal rationale strikes a chord..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2008
"[E]nthralling....A film that will surely elicit gasps of wonder from its audiences....Marsh's film is as giddy and constantly breathtaking as the story it tells."
Los Angeles Times - 08/08/2008
"James Marsh's brilliant documentary on a Frenchman's 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers has the pace of a thriller and the human interest of a psychological drama."
Empire - 09/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he interviews reveal Petit's grand self-confidence -- it's hard not to succumb to his enthusiasm, courage and unremitting dedication to what he argues is a true artform. After watching the film, audiences might well agree with him."
Premiere - 07/25/2008
"[A]n exploration of one man's idiosyncratic vision and a buddy-heist film....Entertaining: there's a tone of lighthearted mischievousness to the plotting and scheming of an illegal act that is essentially harmless..."
Box Office - 08/01/2008
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The real strength of MAN ON WIRE is Petit, an incredibly lyrical storyteller....Even if they were not supplemented by often-entrancing archival images, the interviews with Petit would be enough to capture audience's attention."
Rolling Stone - 01/08/2008
Ranked #10 in Rolling Stone's 'Movies Of The Year' -- "James Marsh's film isn't just the documentary of the year, it's a salute to human endeavor."
Total Film - 01/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "Marsh tracks Philippe Petit and his team as they plan, rehearse and execute the sting; switching between dramatisation and interview, pacing the build-up like an intricate action-thriller."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/26/2008
Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[A] lyrical, wonder-filled documentary, anchored by Petit's own dramatic reminiscences..."

Product Description:

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 world's 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.

James Marsh's documentary brings Petit's 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."

Source: Magnolia Home Entertainment

Description by Magnolia Home Entertainment:

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 world's 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.
James Marsh's documentary brings Petit's 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."

Plot Keywords:

1970s | Artists | Documentary | New York City | Theatrical Release | True Story

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  • Sales Rank: 94,570
  • UPC: 876964001564
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