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Man of the Century (1999)

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 »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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: When you get slapped, you'll take it and like it!
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References The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) See more »


Original music score performed by the Cleopatra Four Plus Two
with Timothy Curle and Tom Marion
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Strange Little Indie Effort
22 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This strange, independent film is inhabited by a bunch of no-name actors except for Frank Gorshin, who himself hadn't done much since TV shows in the 1960s. However, the acting was fine: no complaints there. The black-and-white cinematography also is good, actually VERY good. The photography, and the 1920s expressions (the era here with this story) on Gibson Frazier's face, are the best things about this film.

The worst things is almost-nothing story and too much profanity in the last 20 minutes by the hoods. The latter is overdone and left this reviewer with a bad taste in his mouth about the film in general although the very ending features a "cute" musical tune. Actually, the music is good in here all the way through. As you can gather, this is an odd film.....but definitely work a look if you are seeking something a bit different.

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