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The Walk (2015)

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In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

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Robert Zemeckis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Philippe Petit
Guillaume Baillargeon Guillaume Baillargeon ... Outdoor Café Man
Émilie Leclerc Émilie Leclerc ... Outdoor Café Woman (as Emilie Leclerc)
Mark Trafford Mark Trafford ... American Tourist
Inka Malovic ... Woman in Chalk Circle
Lucas Ramacière Lucas Ramacière ... Boy in Chalk Circle
Martin Lefebvre Martin Lefebvre ... Gendarme
Philippe Bertrand Philippe Bertrand ... Gendarme
Laurence Deschênes Laurence Deschênes ... Young Girl with Candy
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Dental Office Receptionist
Jean-Robert Bourdage ... Dental Patient
Sylvie Lemay Sylvie Lemay ... Dental Patient
Sasha Dominique Sasha Dominique ... Dental Patient
Soleyman Pierini ... Boy Petit
Jade Kindar-Martin Jade Kindar-Martin ... Circus High Wire Performer
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Storyline

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man - Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film, a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80, unlike anything audiences have seen before, is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, ... Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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From the director of Cast Away and Flight. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Czech

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Walk the Clouds See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,299, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$10,137,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,181,942
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Philippe steps out onto the wire at one hour and thirty minutes in. See more »

Goofs

On August 8th, the sunrise in New York City was at 5:59 a.m., which means twilight was at 5:30 a.m., less than half an hour later, as shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Philippe Petit: "Why?" That is the question people ask me most. Pourquoi? Why? For what? Why do you walk on the wire? Why do you tempt fate? Why do you risk death. But, I don't think of it this way. I never even say this word, death. La mort. Yes of okay, I said it once, or maybe three times, just now... But watch, I *will* not say it again. Instead, I use the opposite word. Life. For me, to walk on the wire, this is life. C'est la vie.
Philippe Petit: [now standing in the torch of the Statue of Liberty] So, ...
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Suzanne
Written by Leonard Cohen
Adapted by Graeme Allwright
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"The Walk" is stylish and entertaining
6 October 2015 | by samgiannnSee all my reviews

Robert Zemeckis' signature visual style and proclivity for bio-pics seemed perfect for a movie like The Walk, a film that manages to boast an interesting and entertaining story and dizzying cinematography. The Walk is based on the story of the real-life high wire artist Philippe Petit in 1974. Inspired by a circus he saw at a young age, Philippe begins planning an incredibly ambitious -- and highly illegal -- show in which he hangs a wire across the Twin Towers and walks across them. A majority of the story is dedicated to Petit gathering accomplices to help with the coup, practicing for the extreme conditions and planning how they will rig the wire. The clever writing allows you to connect with every character and understand why they're trying to attempt this impossible dream. The last 45 minutes or so is where "the walk" actually happens. The scenes of Petit and co rigging the wire are just as tense as the wire-walking scenes, which are accented by some of the best cinematography of the year. The cinematography is really the star of the movie here. The shots panning down towards the ground make the towers almost look endless, and it adds so much tension to the walking scenes. The Walk is a stylish and entertaining look at one of the biggest artistic feats of the last century, and you need to watch it in IMAX 3D.


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