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Man on Wire Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops. 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.”

  • Release date:July 25, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
American Cinema Editors Guild Jinx Godfrey Best Edited Documentary 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simon Chinn Best Documentary Feature 2008 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Simon Chinn Carl Foreman Award 2008 Nominee
Alliance of Women Film Journalists James Marsh Best Documentary 2008 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Marsh Best Documentary Feature 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards James Marsh Best Documentary 2008 Winner

Crew

James Marsh
Director
Simon Chinn
Producer
Philippe Petit
Book Author
Igor Martinovic
Cinematographer
Michael Nyman
Composer (Music Score)
J. Ralph
Composer (Music Score)
Jinx Godfrey
Editor
Sharon Lomofsky
Production Designer
Victoria Gregory
Co-producer
Maureen A. Ryan
Co-producer
Lenny Crooks
Executive Producer
Jonathon Hewes
Executive Producer
James Marsh
Executive Producer
Nick Fraser
Executive Producer
Andrea Meditch
Executive Producer
Kathryn Nixon
Costume Designer
Nikia Nelson
Set Decorator
George Foulgham
Sound/Sound Designer
Adine Duron
Casting
Claire Ellis
Supervising Sound Editor
Lisa McMahon
Supervising Sound Editor
Giancarlo Dellapina
Sound Recordist
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