The Cruise

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Released 1998

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Director:
Bennett Miller
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
The Cruise presents New York City to audiences from a different perspective as seen through the eyes of a well-known tour guide. Filmmaker Bennett Miller brings his camera inside a Manhattan Gray Line double-decker bus to document and follow Tim "Speed" Levitch, as he presents the famous city to tourist and viewers at home. Tim is homeless and a self-proclaimed speaker, philosopher, author and tour guide, who uses his dynamic personality to present New York to audiences in an unusual fashion. He mixes his knowledge of New England architecture and ancient philosophy with some historical facts, as he works each day trying to make enough money to find a warm place to sleep. Tim prefers to bunk with friends or in public places because he wants to live as a free man. Bennett films the tour guide inside and outside of work, living out of his suitcase and giving the filmmaker his vision of the city throughout the film.

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune John Petrakis

    Even if you have no interest in documentaries or the facade that is New York City, The Cruise transcends its artistic boundaries to becomes something strange and unique.

  • 75

    Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea

    How much is shaman and how much is showman is hard to tell. Some of Levitch's staccato soliloquies have the ring of truth, and some have the ring of jive. Either way, though, The C...

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    The movie's strength is that it makes us want to know more about Levitch, and we pay attention as the tidbits are dropped -- that he's from a middle-class Jewish family in upstate ...

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    Documentary, Drama

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    Biography, Historical