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Man on Wire - Movie Synopsis & Plot

As a young wirewalker in France, Philippe Petit became fascinated by the as-yet unbuilt World Trade Center towers. He was determined to one day walk between them – without a harness, without a net, 1350 feet above the ground. What started as an obsession eventually developed into an intricate plan, as Petit and a crack team of accomplices spent eight months developing a bold strategy for their secret mission. Like professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the challenges they faced seemed insurmountable: bypassing WTC security, smuggling heavy equipment into and up the unfinished towers, somehow suspending and anchoring a wire between them – all without being caught. And if somehow they succeeded, the true test still awaited: Petit stepping alone onto the wire, the awe-struck city watching from below, his daring dream now a breathtaking reality.

MOVIE REVIEW

Of all the movies that are showing up on Top Ten lists this year, one odd one seems to be cropping up here and there with more regularity than what would be expected. Man on Wire, about a Frenchman who likes to walk on tightropes, is not the kind of film you'd expect to be a candidate for such exclusive lists, no matter how interesting the concept. Amazingly, Man of Wire is an engaging, entertaining and enthralling documentary that will appeal even to people who don't like documentaries.
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