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4,962 Ratings

Man on Wire

Directed by James Marsh
United Kingdom, United States, 2008
Documentary, Biography, History


This Oscar-winning documentary depicts the “artistic crime of the century” in which French tightrope walker Philippe Petit performed a brave, illegal high-wire walk between the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City in 1974.

Our take

Recently adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this thorough documentary portrait of Philippe Petit and his collaborators remains as the definitive take on one of the greatest stunts ever pulled. A unique post 9/11 cinematic object and Marsh’s gift to the city of New York.

Man on Wire Directed by James Marsh

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2009 | Winner: Best Documentary, Features

Sundance Film Festival

2008 | 2 wins including: Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

2009 | Winner: Best Documentary

Village Voice Film Poll

2008 | Winner: Best Documentary Feature Film

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