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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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Cast

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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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)

Gross:

$33,031 (USA) (12 November 1999)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Anne Jackson's cameo is billed under the assumed name, "Madame Du Froid". This seems to be a reference to the fact that her husband, Eli Wallach, once played "Mr. Freeze" in the 1960s "Batman" TV series. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Johnny Twennies: Say, you keep on riding me like a streetcar, you're gonna have to pay the fare!
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Connections

References Chinatown (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.64, No.6
Written by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
Performed by The Orlando Quartet
Courtesy of Music Consultancy & Emergo Classics
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Lots of fun
20 February 2003 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I've always been fascinated by the way the characters in old movies talk, with their lightning-fast wits and one-liners. So the idea of a man stuck in the 20's and speaking like those characters sounded intriguing to me. And I was impressed. Gibson Frazier perfectly inhabits his fish-out-of-water character, not missing a single beat. I can tell him and the co-writer/director did much research prior to making this movie. There are moments, like the climactic scene, which pay homage to the old slapstick farces.

"Man of the Century" is funny, original and bursting with imagination. It's an independent gem. And at only about 78 minutes, it's short and sweet. Those who are unfamiliar with old movies may not be as amused, but those who are familiar should have a ball.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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