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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He's Yesterday's Answer To Today's World. See more »


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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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The name of the newspaper where Johnny works is the "New York Sun Telegram," a fictional New York City newspaper. On the page with Johnny's column are two interesting references, the first, "Wisconsin News," is directly over his column, and the second, an article entitled "Grocers View Hearst Film" is a reference to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who owned New York City newspapers, first called the New York Journal, and the New York American, and later merged to become the New York Journal American. Johnny promises his editor that he will scoop the Journal American. 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 »


Samantha Winter: Are you gay?
Johnny Twennies: Sure I'm gay, I'm as gay as a day in May.
Samantha Winter: [puzzled] Well are you bi?
Johnny Twennies: By myself mostly.
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References The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) See more »


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Laughed so hard...
28 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is nothing like I expected. It was the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. The acting of Gibson Frazier is wonderful. It was as if they picked him up right out of the 20s and dropped him modern day times. It really shows the difference of then and now. I loved all the references to the 20s and dialogue. If you don't really know a lot about the 20s, or films from that time, you won't get a lot of the humor. There is simple humor, such as the "one lump or two" bit or the way he holds the gun when you takes it from the "henchmen". There is also some racial humor in it as well. Not bad I'd say, but funny. The plot you can see unfold rather quick. But that's how most movies from that time took place. Well, I take that back, at the least the majority of movies I've seen from the past usually don't take a lot of thinking to figure out. Overall, I'd recommend this movie to anyone, young or old. If anything, just watch it for his rants in 1920s dialogue. Simply brilliant!

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