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Man in the Chair (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 January 2008 (UK)
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Christopher Plummer plays Flash, a curmudgeon with a hankering for classic movies and booze. Cameron is a volatile teen who commits grand theft auto just because the car is an exact replica... See full summary »

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Michael Schroeder
9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Flash Madden
Michael Angarano ... Cameron Kincaid
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mickey Hopkins
Robert Wagner ... Taylor Moss
Joshua Boyd ... Murphy White
Mimi Kennedy ... Judy Kincaid
Mitch Pileggi ... Floyd
Tracey Walter ... Mr. Klein
Taber Schroeder Taber Schroeder ... Brett Raven
Sarah Schroeder-Matzkin ... Nurse (as Sarah Schroeder)
Jody Ashworth Jody Ashworth ... Orson Welles
Ed Marques ... Man in theater
Carlene Moore ... Woman in theater
Pete Antico ... Murray
John Rezig John Rezig ... Young Flash
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Christopher Plummer plays Flash, a curmudgeon with a hankering for classic movies and booze. Cameron is a volatile teen who commits grand theft auto just because the car is an exact replica from Christine. Their relationship is forged in the darkness of a movie theater and fueled by a mutual appreciation of rebellion and cinema. Cameron enters a student film contest, though he lacks the resources of his peers. Learning that Flash is a retired Hollywood gaffer-and the only surviving crew member from Citizen Kane-Cameron follows him to his home at the Motion Picture Residence for the Elderly, a colony of aging film folk set aside by the industry. A quirky fellowship develops, in which Flash and his friends help Cameron make his film, and, in doing so, change his life. Written by Mill Valley Film Festival Staff

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Separated by a Generation, United by a Passion See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Filmbarát See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Christopher Plummer's character in the film has a significant relationship with Orson Welles. In reality the two actors worked together on Oedipus the King (1968) and Waterloo (1970). See more »

Goofs

In one of the "Citizen Kane" flashbacks, Orson Welles' name is misspelled on the clapper slate. See more »

Quotes

Flash Madden: [Speaking to Cameron] This country's famous for shittin' on their elderly. God help you if you don't have family... America's all about the young, the beautiful, the "Winner"! Ya' know, kid, in Europe, Asia, and especially Africa, the elderly are truly respected and they're almost TREASURED by the young people. Not here, though. Oh, no... We live in a throw-away society. If it breaks, throw it away. If a new one pops up, throw the old one away. If your puppy grows up to be a pain-in-the-ass dog,...
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Features His Girl Friday (1940) See more »

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Santa Maria
Performed by The Frames
Written by Glen Hansard
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Inspiring film about those forgotten
23 October 2007 | by curticeSee all my reviews

Just got a chance to see this at the Heartland Film Festival. This is a wonderful film. You can read the synopsis for more detailed account of the movie, but for me, it's a reminder to live life together. Plummer's character is a gruff old gaffer that hasn't had many friends and lives in his former glory. But now near the end of his life, he meets a kid that wants to learn about how to shoot a film. At first, he's resistant, but eventually warms up to the idea and then enlists the help of many other former craftsmen in the field. It's a touching story. Plummer is awesome in the film. There are some effects that get a little jarring after a while, but don't detract from the film overall. It feels a bit like Finding Forrester at times, but hey, all the great story's have been done, and this is an awesome variation on that theme. A definite must see...especially film buffs.


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