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The Walk (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Walk attempts a tricky balancing act between thrilling visuals and fact-based drama -- and like its wire-walking protagonist, pulls it off with impressive élan.

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The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan. (C) Official Site

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as Philippe Petit
Ben Kingsley
as Papa Rudy
Charlotte Le Bon
as Annie Allix
James Badge Dale
as Jean-Pierre
Clement Sibony
as Jean-Louis
César Domboy
as Jean-François
Steve Valentine
as Barry Greenhouse
Mark Camacho
as Guy Tozolli
Guillaume Baillargeon
as Outdoor Cafe Man
Emilie Leclerc
as Outdoor Cafe Woman
Mark Trafford
as American Tourist
Inka Malovic
as Woman in Chalk Circle
Lucas Ramaciere
as Boy in Chalk Circle
Martin Lefebvre
as Gendarmes
Laurence Deschenes
as Young Girl with Candy
Patricia Tulasne
as Dental Office Receptionist
Jean-Robert Bourdage
as Robert Bourdage-Dental Patient
Jean-Robert Bourdage
as Dental Patient
Sylvie Lemay
as Dental Patient
Sasha Dominique
as Dental Patient
Jade Kindar-Martin
as Martin-Circus High Wire Performer
Patrick Baby
as Petit's Father
Marie Turgeon
as Petit's Mother
Catherine Lemieux
as Texan Tourist Woman
Larry Day
as Texan Tourist Man
Denis Michaud
as Fisherman
Serge Boulianne
as Fisherman
Maxime Paradis
as Fisherman
Serge LePage
as Fisherman
Alain Boileau
as Fisherman
Jean-Marie Montbarbut du Plessis
as Marie Montbarbut-Fisherman
Vlado Stokanic
as Portly Photographer
Philippe Soucy
as Notre Dame Police Officer
Phillip Hartmann
as Notre Dame Police Officer
Philipp Hartmann
as Notre Dame Police Officer
Guido Grasso Jr.
as WTC Construction Worker
Joel Rinzler
as US Customs Agent
Harvey Diamond
as WTC Architect
Sylvain Landry
as Port Authority Officer
Robert D'Alessio
as WTC Lobby Guard
Rosa Ruby Kagan
as WTC Visitor's Concierge
Mizinga Mwinga
as Officer Foley
Harry Standjofski
as Dock Foreman
Stuart Fink
as Elevator Operator
Doug Price
as WTC Rooftop Guard
Yanik Ethier
as Mysterious Visitor
Vittorio Rossi
as Sgt. O'Donnell
Sergio Di Zio
as Officer Genco
Daniel Harroch
as Officer Clemenza
Darrell Izeard
as Officer Washington
Kent McQuaid
as Officer Hagan
Kwasi Songui
as Main in Plaid Sports Coat
Adam Bernett
as Bearded Man
Karl Graboshas
as Earbud Guy
Jason Blicker
as Officer Daley
Massimo Cannistraro
as Officer Sollozzo
Karl Werleman
as Engineer Cop
Chris Cavener
as Construction Worker with Blow Torch
Leif Anderson
as Officer Cicci
Trevor Botkin
as News Reporter
Rebecca Croll
as News Reporter
Gara Niandu
as News Reporter
Stephen Walters
as News Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Walk

All Critics (251) | Top Critics (45)

The Walk turns what is a relatively straightforward act - albeit a scarily placed one - into something stunning by restoring a sense of physicality to what's happening onscreen.

November 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Zemeckis's failing is his inattention to every other detail, but The Walk undeniably exists for its climax: one stunt it does manage to pull off flawlessly.

October 14, 2015 | Full Review…

It's two-thirds of a great film but the slow start and unremarkable first hour hold it back. Still, for those who buy into the precept that "good things are worth waiting for," The Walk unquestionably delivers.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The walk itself is the film's central, and only, real achievement, but it's a doozy.

October 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

For at least the duration of the 25-minute wire sequence, The Walk is a breathless, exhilarating moviegoing experience. It's just not much of a movie.

October 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Even in its greatest moment, The Walk breaks the spell with an unnecessary narration about how Petit felt in that moment, how the sky looked to him, how a bird came soaring towards his head.

October 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walk


Most people have probably heard of Petite's walk between the Twin Towers, so the film doesn't shy away from having the protagonist narrate the entire story in a somewhat unexpectedly quirky way standing on the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately even way before the big stunt, some of the surroundings seem oddly unreal and can easily be identified as special effect shots. Thankfully, no such thought crosses your mind during the dizzying finale. Sure, they may have added some complications here or there. but it's still wonderfully done. Overall maybe a bit too quirky at times, but the mind-blowing ending makes up for it.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Zemeckis displays his usual inventiveness with breathtaking visuals in 3D and stylish camera movements, offering us a nerve-wracking climax that should cause a heart attack on anyone afraid of heights, despite an unwelcome tendency towards corniness in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Zemekis and Gordon Levitt endeavor to enliven the already substantive documentary Man On Wire (about Phillippe Petit's fabled wirewalk between the former Twin Towers) with the latest in modern tech cameras and a middling French accent. You'll be unimpressed until the central event occurs, after which you might need a place to sit down.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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