Man on Wire

Lists: Documentary, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "On August 7th 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped out on a high wire, illegally rigged between New York's World Trade Center twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the wire, 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan, he was arrested. This fun and spellbinding documentary chronicles Philippe Petit's "highest" achievement."

Overall Ranking: 58 (Rank from 2008: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10180

People Involved

  • Philippe Petit (Himself)
  • Jean Fran├žois Heckel (Himself (as Jean-Fran├žois Heckel))
  • Jean-Louis Blondeau (Himself)
  • Annie Allix (Herself)
  • David Forman (Himself)
  • Alan Welner (Himself)
  • Barry Greenhouse (Himself (as N. Barry Greenhouse))
  • Jim Moore (Himself)
  • James Marsh (Director)