Discovery Films | Release Date: July 25, 2008
Summary: 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. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, 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; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan. [Magnolia Pictures]
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Runtime: 94 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references.
Production: UK Film Council
Genres: Crime, Documentary
Countries: USA, UK
Languages: English, French
Home Release Date: Dec 9, 2008
Director Credit
James Marsh Director
Writer Credit
Philippe Petit Book "To Reach The Clouds"
Principal Cast Credit
Philippe Petit Himself
Cast Credit
Aaron Haskell Jean-François - Drama Reconstructions
Alan Welner Himself
Annie Allix Herself
Ardis Campbell Annie - Drama Reconstructions
Barry Greenhouse Himself
David Demato Jean-Louis - Drama Reconstructions
David Forman Himself
Guy F. Tozzoli Himself
Jean François Heckel Himself
Jean-Louis Blondeau Himself
Jim Moore Himself
Mark Lewis Himself
Paul McGill Philippe - Drama Reconstructions
Shawn Dempewolff-Barrett David - Drama Reconstructions
Producer Credit
Andrea Meditch Executive Producer: Discovery Films
Jonathan Hewes Executive Producer
Liz Fay Archive Producer
Maureen A. Ryan Co-Producer
Nick Fraser Executive Producer: BBC
Simon Chinn Producer
Victoria Gregory Co-Producer