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Man On Wire
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Reviewed on 2008-08-20
Received[3.5]  out of 4 stars
GenreCrime / Documentary
A much different attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center occurred on Aug. 7, 1974. Philippe Petit, a self-taught tightrope walker, juggler and magician, committed the “artistic crime of the century.”

This daring and determined young Frenchman flirted with death by crossing a wire that spanned the chasm between the two 110-story buildings eight times over a 45-minute period. He assembled a team and planned the coup with the meticulous precision of a bank robbery.

The virtually insurmountable obstacles that had to be overcome included avoiding security, devising an ingenious method to send the initial wiring across the expanse and making allowances for high winds.

This riveting account will have you glued to your seat. You experience the almost unbearable tension felt by the perpetrators in this exhilarating movie.

This crowd-pleasing film adaptation directed by James Marsh is based on Petit’s autobiography, “To Reach the Clouds.” It contains a mixture of jaw-dropping archival footage, eye-catching still photographs, cleverly conceived dramatic re-enactments and candid interviews with Petit and his band of co-conspirators.

The title comes directly from the detail section of the New York Port Authority criminal complaint form that charged Petit with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Petit believes in living on the edge and to view every day as a new challenge.

This extraordinary film is full of profoundly magical moments. The ability to accomplish the impossible results in an inspirational adrenaline rush for the viewer. This definitely ranks as one of the best documentaries of the year. You must see it to believe it actually took place.

The musical score includes the familiar theme song from “Peter and the Wolf” composed by Sergei Prokofiev.

Partially in French with English subtitles. Opening exclusively at the Leawood and Tivoli in Kansas City.

Review By:
Keith Cohen, "The Movie Guy"


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