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Man on Wire

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 ...

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Title: Man on Wire
Genre: Biography, Documentary, History
Cast: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Production Country: United Kingdom, United States
Directed By: James Marsh
Film Duration: 94
Production Year: 2008
Distributor: Icon Film Distributors UK
Official Website: http://www.manonwire.com/

Synopsis: 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.

Man on Wire

Title: Man on Wire
Genre: Biography, Documentary, History
Cast: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Production Country: United Kingdom, United States
Directed By: James Marsh
Film Duration: 94
Production Year: 2008
Distributor: Icon Film Distributors UK
Age Limit: 0+
Official Website: http://www.manonwire.com/

Synopsis: 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.

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