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Man on Wire

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

James Marsh

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About the Movie

Phillippe Petit's incredible story was the inspiration for the new movie THE WALK. On August 7th 1974, a vivacious young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York World Trade Center's twin towers. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before finally being released. This documentary incorporates Petit's footage to show the numerous extraordinary challenges he faced in completing the artistic crime of the century.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 154
  • Fresh: 154
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Aug 23, 2011

Fresh: In archival photos Petit seems to float between the towers, a tiny black figure against a vivid blue sky; the images are all the more poignant for the unstated fact that Petit is still around when the buildings aren't. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Though we know how it ends, it unfolds with suspense. And though it lacks any discussion of the towers' destruction, it succeeds as a tribute to their birth. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Apr 17, 2009

Fresh: James Marsh tells Petit's story, the most inspiring 'heist' in modern history, a Frenchman's stroll between two 110 story buildings in lower Manhattan. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

an incredibly inspiring, inspiring surprise....

I had no idea what I was in for with this one. This is a documentary about something artfully rebellious. it's about being vital and facing one's fears/ joys every day with a smile of appreciation for being given the chance to do so. it's about being incredibly cool and real at the same time. it's description by i-tunes is very misleading and boring. this is about greatness.... a true, overtly, subtle, grand, understated greatness combined with a somehow impishly dignified beauty! it's also a love story at times. it's about truly being a star (both within and without). It's tastefully done because the subjects in it are tasteful. It's a little draggy to start off because it's all leading up to one act... but stick with it and pay attention. once you understand the scale of the matter you can vicariously come into contact with the great mystery of being and this will move you on many levels... be patient and you will get something priceless from this documentary which will likely be as overlooked as the incredible actions taking place in it.... but hopefully not.


We watched this in English class, and it was really good. I reccomend this, but the subltitles go really fast. It is an amazing story

Worth to rent

I really liked that movie. Normally, I dont really like to watch documentary but this one really impressed me. However, I don't think its a movie that I would watch two times. So its better to rent it than to buy it.