Man on Wire
FILM PROFILE
Release Date: In Cinemas Now
Director: James Marsh (The King, Wisconsin Death Trip)
Certificate: 12 A
Running time: 94 mins

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...

Directed by James Marsh (The King, Wisconsin Death Trip), Man on Wire brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of all the co-conspirators who created the single, beautiful spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century".

Credits:

DISCOVERY FILMS, BBC AND THE UK FILM COUNCIL PRESENT A WALL TO WALL PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH RED BOX FILMS "MAN ON WIRE"
BASED ON THE BOOK "TO REACH THE CLOUDS" BY PHILIPPE PETIT PRODUCTION DIRECTOR FOR PHILIPPE PETIT KATHY O’DONNELL
WTC HEIST MUSIC BY J. RALPH MUSIC BY MICHAEL NYMAN DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY IGOR MARTINOVIC EDITOR JINX GODFREY
CO-PRODUCERS VICTORIA GREGORY MAUREEN A. RYAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR DISCOVERY FILMS ANDREA MEDITCH EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR BBC NICK FRASER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JONATHAN HEWES PRODUCED BY SIMON CHINN DIRECTED BY JAMES MARSH

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