Man of the Century (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 January 1999 (USA)
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Fantasy-comedy about a young man who lives as if it is 1928 or so, and his encounters with modern-day women and modern-day criminals.


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Johnny Twennies, a newspaper columnist in present-day New York, is a jauntily cheerful, very friendly, totally honest and upstanding young man who happens to be completely oblivious to any technological or social changes in the past 70 years. He routinely uses telegrams, a manual typewriter, and a manual toaster, and to the pleasure and despair of his girlfriend conducts his personal life in correspondingly anachronistic style. One day he's threatened by criminals who want to plant a false news story. But they've never met anyone like him before... Written by Anonymous

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Meet Yesterday's Answer to the World of Today. See more »


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language

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Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Twennies  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,724 (USA) (29 October 1999)


$33,031 (USA) (12 November 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Feature film debut of Gibson Frazier, who portrays Johnny Twennies. See more »


Johnny promises his editor that he will scoop the Journal American. Johnny's character is set in the 1920s, but the New York Journal American, a Hearst newspaper, did not exist until 1937, after the merger of two Hearst newspapers, the New York Journal, and the New York American. See more »


Johnny Twennies: Say, you keep on riding me like a streetcar, you're gonna have to pay the fare!
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References Chinatown (1974) See more »


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One Note Gag that Works like the Bee Knees
18 May 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Some movies are just meant to be a great deal of fun, and this is one of them. What a delight - I'd never heard of it but stumbled on it on IFC and adored it. The sweetness and good-natured aspects of the film are part of the charm, as is the dead-on dialogue, situations and even camera angles/cinematography. For people who try and find reasons why this guy exists or why women would date him, you're missing the point of the movie. The Marx Brothers ending (no spoiler really), and the short Egyptian tomb sequence show the care that was taken with getting all the 1920's aspects down perfectly (and don't forget the musical numbers, when people would break into song in any sort of film back then -well, the talkies at least). Going incognito as Harold Lloyd? too funny - don't pass this one by when it shows up next time!

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