Man on Wire

2008 PG-13 1h 34m DVD

Man on Wire

2008 PG-13 1h 34m DVD
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Philippe Petit captured the world's attention in 1974 when he walked across a high wire between New York's Twin Towers. This Oscar winner for Best Documentary explores the preparations that went into the stunt as well as the event and its aftermath.
Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix, David Forman, Alan Welner, Mark Lewis, Barry Greenhouse
James Marsh
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Man on Wire is a 2008 documentary about a French tightrope walker who performed a high-wire act of epic proportions in 1974: He walked between the World Trade Center towers. There's a scene that is a time-lapse reenactment of a sexual encounter that Philippe Petit had with a female fan after he was freed from jail that includes male and female nudity. Also, one of the men who helped with the planning of the walk between the towers talks of being a marijuana smoker for 35 years and of being high throughout the planning and execution of the walk. There's cigarette smoking throughout. Aside from this, this documentary is a study in the practice, planning, and persistence it required to complete one of the strangest, one of the most daring, and, ultimately one of the most incredible examples of guerilla performance ever attempted.

Sexual Content

There is a time-lapse reenactment sequence of a sexual encounter that took place between Petit and a female fan. Exposed male buttocks, exposed female breasts.


Not applicable


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Social Behavior

Persistence and perseverance.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking. One of the men who helped plan the walk across the World Trade Center towers talks of having smoked marijuana for 35 years and being high the entire time when the action in the documentary transpired.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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