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Man of the Year -- Tom Dobbs is a comedian who made it to the top by telling it like it is. When he decides to run for President to unleash his trademark comic rants on the powers that be, something extraordinary happens - he wins!
Man of the Year -- A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected.
Man of the Year -- Clip: Dobbs faces the press as President Elect
Man of the Year -- Behind the Scenes: Robin Williams on SNL with Tina Fey
Man of the Year -- Interview: Christopher Walken "On What the Film is About"


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A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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"Man of the Year" is a very good political thriller/comedy that will suffer at the box office because of its misleading marketing campaign. See more (235 total) »


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Robin Williams ... Tom Dobbs

Christopher Walken ... Jack Menken

Laura Linney ... Eleanor Green

Lewis Black ... Eddie Langston

Jeff Goldblum ... Stewart

David Alpay ... Danny
Faith Daniels ... Moderator

Tina Fey ... Tina Fey

Amy Poehler ... Amy Poehler

Doug Murray ... Mathias

Chris Matthews ... News Anchor #1

James Carville ... Political Commentator #1

Catherine Crier ... Political Commentator #2

Rick Roberts ... Hemmings

Karen Hines ... Alison McAndrews

Linda Kash ... Jenny Adams
David Nichols ... President Kellogg (as Dave Nichols)
David Ferry ... Senator Mills
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Eckhart

Brandon Firla ... Grimaldi

Sasha Roiz ... Donald Tilson
J.C. Kenny ... News Anchor #2

Jef Mallory ... Angus

Mark Andrada ... Young Guy
Marcia Laskowski ... Marjorie

Kim Roberts ... Make-Up Artist
George King ... Motel Manager
Sabrina Sanchez ... Sales Girl

Jacqueline Pillon ... Security Tech

Zoe Doyle ... Woman in Audience (as Zoe Mugford)

Chris Gillett ... Head of Alliance

Ho Chow ... Dr. Nash (as Ho Oyster Chow)

Mickey Sherman ... Talking Head Lawyer
Lee Taylor ... CNN Business Reporter
Brendan Connor ... Reporter #1

Barbara Radecki ... Reporter #2
Audrey Dwyer ... Reporter #3
Michael Anscombe ... Reporter #4
Sandi Stahlbrand ... Reporter #5
Jean Daigle ... Driver
Anwar Knight ... Weather Man

Shawn Roberts ... Pick-Up Truck Driver
Gary Douglas ... Pick-Up Truck Driver Accomplice
David Marsden ... Delacroy Commercial Narrator
Robin White ... Senator Wentworth
Billy Parrott ... Hypodermic Man

Martin Doyle ... EDC Chairman

Kevin Hare ... Man
Reuben Thompson ... Paramedic

James Kall ... Policeman

Raynor Scheine ... Mechanic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael C. Branscombe ... Reporter #4
Michael Cameron ... Sercret Service Agent (uncredited)
Michael Comrie ... Senator (uncredited)

Rick Cordeiro ... Political Supporter (uncredited)

DTeflon ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Angelica Montesano ... Demonstration Video Girl (uncredited)
Graeme Potts ... News Cameraman (uncredited)
Nicholas Rich ... Dobbs Bus Driver (uncredited)
Richard Sher ... Newsman (uncredited)
Vincent Thomas ... Fan (uncredited)

J.A. Worthington ... Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Levinson 
Writing credits
Barry Levinson (written by)

Produced by
Sebastian Bru .... assistant producer
David Coatsworth .... executive producer
Andy Fraser .... production executive
Robert N. Fried .... executive producer (as Rob Fried)
Guy McElwaine .... executive producer
David C. Robinson .... producer (as David Robinson)
James G. Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Blair Daily 
Steven Weisberg 
Casting by
Pam Dixon  (as Pam Dixon Mickelson)
Production Design by
Stefania Cella 
Art Direction by
Charlie Campbell 
Joshu de Cartier 
Set Decoration by
Clive Thomasson 
Costume Design by
Delphine White 
Makeup Department
Alessondra Bastianoni .... second assistant makeup artist
Teresa Buccione .... second assistant hair stylist
Amber Chase .... key makeup artist
Linda Dowds .... makeup department head
Paul R.J. Elliot .... head of hair department (as Paul Elliot)
Cheri Minns .... hair stylist: R. Williams
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist: R. Williams
Sondra Treilhard .... key hair stylist
Production Management
D.J. Carson .... unit production manager
Dan Genetti .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Myron Hoffert .... first assistant director
Nick Lopez .... assistant director
Siluck Saysanasy .... trainee assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second assistant director: Washington D.C.
Bob Warwick .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Best .... graphic designer
Theresa Buckley .... props buyer
David DeMarinis .... assistant set decorator
J. Ryan Halpenny .... assistant art director
Ron Hewitt .... property master
Alexandra Hooper .... set decoration buyer
Michael Huschka .... assistant property master
Rob McCallum .... storyboard artist
Steve Middlebrook .... on-set dresser
Dan Norton .... set designer
Robert Nowacki .... second assistant art director
Hiep Pham .... motion graphics designer
Rolf Raven .... assistant set decorator
Travis Staley .... on-set carpenter
Donald Vandewater .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... supervising adr editor
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer: New York
Rian Balvin .... dialogue dubbing mixer
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Carlie Bergman .... adr recordist
Rachel Chancey .... foley supervisor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Brian Hanish .... boom operator
Robert Hein .... backgrounds editor
Kenton Jakub .... supervising adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr engineer
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer
Dave Paterson .... supervising sound editor
Glenfield Payne .... foley editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Robert Scherer .... production sound mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Dorian Williamson .... boom operator
Dorian Williamson .... second boom operator
Special Effects by
Daniel Gibson .... special effects technician (as Dan Gibson)
Arthur Langevin .... special effects coordinator
Rocco Larizza .... special effects set supervisor
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator
Shane Million .... special effects department coordinator
Cameron Patterson .... special effects prop builder
Jim Reischl .... special effects set supervisor
Stephen Wallace .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Glenn Allen .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Guy Barresi .... visual effects production manager: Brainstorm Digital
David Beedon .... digital effects artist
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects executive producer: Mr. X
Cyril Frederick Chu .... digital compositor
Stacy J. Cohen .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (as Stacy Cohen)
Bonnie Dickson .... tape operator: Mr. X Inc.
Jeremy Fernsler .... CG supervisor
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Joseph Gutowski .... visual effects editor
Scott Hankel .... digital artist
Noll Linsangan .... digital compositor
Thomas Lynch .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
Tom Mahoney .... digital artist (as Thomas Mahoney)
Martin Mayer .... digital compositor
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects production manager: Mr.X Inc.
Scott Minter .... lead compositor
Martin Mueller .... digital artist: Mr. X
Martin Mueller .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Mike Mulock .... digital artist: Mr. X (as Michael Mulock)
Joseph Oberle .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (as Joseph J. Oberle)
Joseph Oberle .... rotoscope artist
David Piombino .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (as David Vincent Piombino)
Darcy Reno .... senior systems administrator (as Darcy Bangsund)
Terry Riyasat .... digital compositor
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm digital
Luke Rowsell .... visual effects production assistant
Joseph Ryals .... film scanning
Andrew Schwartz .... compositing supervisor: Brainstorm Digital
Andrew Schwartz .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
Michael Stewart .... digital artist: Mr. X
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Quan Tran .... digital compositor
Matt Wallin .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (as Matthew Wallin)
Matt Wallin .... technical director
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor
Brianne Wells .... visual effects coordinator
Fiona Campbell Westgate .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Scott Winston .... compositing supervisor
Rick Kain .... precision driver
Joanne Leach .... stunt double
Danny Lima .... stunts
Patrick Mark .... stunt driver
Christopher McGuire .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Robert Racki .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincent Borg .... rigging electric
Murdoch Campbell .... director of photography: Washington D.C.
Michael Carella .... camera operator
Gary Childs .... camera operator: Wescam camera
John Colavecchia .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Cylvan Desrouleaux .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Dave Erlichman .... dolly grip
Jason Foster .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Washington D.C.
Gabriel Goodenough .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Washington D.C.
William J. Gray .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Lee Guenette .... best boy electric
Duane Gullison .... best boy electric
Duane Gullison .... rigging
John Harper .... first assistant camera
John Harper .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bill Hong .... camera car operator
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Scott Inge .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Washington D.C.
Ari Magder .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Robert McAdam .... electrician
Alan Millar .... electrician
Mike Panczenko Jr. .... camera loader: Washington D.C.
Graeme Potts .... videographer
Ronald Schlueter .... video assist
Tracy Shaw .... grip
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Dave Tommasini .... pilot: Wescam camera
Mark Walpole .... second assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Jim Westenbrink .... director of photography: second unit
Robyn Clarke .... second assistant camera: Splinter unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Hollie Lee .... casting assistant (as Hollie Meyer)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renee Fontana .... costumer: Mr. Williams (as Renée Bravener)
Tatjana Hutinec .... key costume breakdown artist
Kathleen Meade .... costume department supervisor
Mia Sturup .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Tim Belcher .... digital intermediate project manager
Brian Boyd .... digital preview colorist
Red Charyszyn .... assistant editor
Blair Daily .... additional editor
Tom Engleman .... colorist: dailies (as Tom Engelmann)
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Jesse Morrow .... on-line editor
Michele Nieves .... post-production assistant
Peter Tokarsky .... colorist assistant
Christian Zak .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Mark Curry .... music scoring mixer (as Mark E. Curry)
Amy Fritz .... music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Dominik Hauser .... music preparation
Simon James .... orchestra contractor
Kory Kruckenberg .... pro tools operator
Allan Mason .... music supervisor
Gregg Nestor .... copyist (as Greg Nestor)
Suzana Peric .... music editor (as Suzanna Peric)
Frankie Pine .... music consultant
Ashley Revell .... music editor
David E. Russo .... music programmer (as David Russo)
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Gord Bettles .... picture car mechanic
Bill Boyd .... picture vehicle coordinator
Jason McCormack .... driver: honeywagon
Frank Mizzi .... transportation captain
Carl Severin .... transportation co-captain
Mark Van Alstyne .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Katie Abbott .... craft service daily
Scott Alexander .... assistant location manager
Patricia Hanley Cumming .... set supervisor
Amy Cuthbertson .... production secretary
Karen de Montbrun .... production accountant
Ken Dhaliwal .... legal services
Katherine Dorrer .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Neil Floyd .... production assistant
Focused on Food .... craft service
Ginny Galloway .... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Daniel Godwin .... production assistant
Zak Grausam .... post-production accountant
Lisa Gyorfi .... assistant production coordinator
Christine Irons .... production assistant
R. Emerson John .... replacement script supervisor: daily
Phyllis Johnson .... adr loop group
Shana Keegan .... assistant: Barry Levinson
Ashley Kravitz .... rights clearances
Nora Lem .... craft service daily
Kimberly Lord .... production attorney
Kramer Lucas .... production coordinator
Christopher Lytton .... production legal: Morgan Creek Productions
Garry Maher .... second assistant accountant
Jennifer Manchester .... assistant: David Robinson
David McIlroy .... location manager
Kati Moore .... location production assistant
Chris Moulson .... assistant location manager
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Stacia Peters .... assistant: David Coatsworth
Brieann Rich .... set medic
Michael Rich .... production assistant
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Jan Hopper Sanders .... script supervisor: Washington, DC
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Rob Shea .... production coordinator
Anita Simard .... truck supervisor
Rebecca Erwin Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Williams (as Rebecca Erwin-Spencer)
Jodi A. Tario .... assistant: Barry Levinson (as Jodi Tario)
David Vogel .... production assistant
Janet M. West .... assistant: James G. Robinson (as Janet West)
Devin White .... third assistant accountant
Andrew Whiteside .... on-set satellite internet technician
Greg Whiteside .... on-set satellite internet technician
Kaisa Åkerlund .... legal liaison
Ken Gray .... graphics (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Ken Aymong .... thanks
Stacey Foster .... thanks
Stu Linder .... in memory of
Lorne Michaels .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for language including some crude sexual references, drug related material, and brief violence
115 min
Color (Technicolor)
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In one scene, playing on a TV in the background is Billy Crystal dressed as a turkey and Robert De Niro as a pilgrim. The clip is from a post-9/11 commercial to boost New York tourism directed by Barry Levinson. In the ad, the two squabble about their costumes as participants on a Macy's Thanksgiving parade float. Crystal tries to persuade De Niro to trade outfits with him, at one point being reduced to parodying the latter actor's famous line from Taxi Driver (1976): "Are you gobbling at me? Are you gobbling at me?"See more »
Continuity: When Eleanor is in her hotel room, "Wheel Of Fortune" is playing on her TV, you can hear the contestant say, she wants the letter "S", the host then says "Yeah, there are two of them" and then when there is a close up of the TV, you can clearly see there are three S's on the board.See more »
Tom Dobbs:Why would security guards pad down an 85-year-old lady with a walker? If *she's* a terrorist... well, then the ball game's over, folks.See more »
Movie Connections:
References 1 Night in Paris (2004) (V)See more »
Light Of A New DaySee more »


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171 out of 202 people found the following review useful.
"Man of the Year" is a very good political thriller/comedy that will suffer at the box office because of its misleading marketing campaign., 13 October 2006
Author: MovieManMenzel from United States

"Man of the Year" tells the story of Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) a political comedian (like Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert) who has his own television show. On his show he talks about all sorts of things but his main focus are political issues which he is very opinionated about. One day on his show, a fan from the audience raises the idea that Dobbs should run for President of the United States. After that episode aired, millions flocked to the web to create various petitions and voice their opinions on why Dobbs would make a great candidate for the President for the United States. A few weeks later, Dobbs decides to run for President and low and behold wins the election. Everything seems to be going as planned until a woman by the name of Eleanor Green (Laura Linney) shows up and starts some controversy regarding his position. A funny yet serious political thriller ensues…

Man anyone walking into this film expecting to see a brainless comedy will surely be disappointed. I always wonder how some people are film marketers when I see how misleading their marketing campaigns. "Man of the Year" is a great example of bad and misleading marketing, because everything from the poster, to the trailer, to the online advertisements makes this movie look and feel like a comedy. I would honestly have to say about 1/3 of the film is funny while the rest of it plays off as a political thriller that makes good arguments and allows its audience to think. I kind of wonder in this case if the marketing was done on purpose since this film addresses pretty serious issues in-between its comedy routine.

But enough about marketing, lets get down to the film itself.

I really liked "Man of the Year" even though I was expecting to see a comedy instead of a serious film. One of the many things I will give this film credit for is that the film does a decent job switching between comedy and drama even though at first it seems a little awkward. I really think that after you figure this out that the movie is going to be more of a political thriller than a comedy you get comfortable with it. Some may not because they are lead to believe that they are seeing a comedy and don't understand what this film is trying to say in the end but for those people they can blame the marketers for not advertising this film right.

"Man of the Year" talks about a lot of things and seems to have a very strong opinion. As Tom Dobbs speaks he is saying things that need to be said and isn't about candy coating them. I also think the whole political subplot, while most critics say hurt the film probably again because of the misleading marketing, was very good. The idea of computerize voting has been tossed around the last few years and with all the problems computers have the issue being addressed in this film could surely be realistic. Also the control big businesses have over voting also gets addressed.

As far as acting goes, I think everyone involved did a good job. Robin Williams had a chance to be funny yet serious at the same time by playing Tom Dobbs. Some say that Williams has overstayed his welcome as a comedian but I personally still think he is funny and he's a good serious actor as well. This is probably one of the few occasions though that we get to see him go back and forth from serious to funny and I think it works well. Also it's nice to see Lewis Black co-star in a decent film. Again I like Black when he appears on "The Daily Show" and does stand up however most of the films he has been in were awful. This was a good movie for him because I think his political views fit in with the story that director Barry Levinson was trying to convey. Laura Linney is a fine addition to the cast and proves once again that she is a very good actress and lastly Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum both do a very good job as always with this roles handed to them.

"Man of the Year" was written and directed by Barry Levinson, the man who has brought us such films as "Rain Man," "Good Morning Vietnam," and "Wag the Dog." Levinson does a fine job writing the film and directing it. Like I said I know a lot of critics didn't like the whole political thriller aspect of the film but I thought it fit in nicely. It was actually nice to watch a mainstream movie that allowed me to both think and laugh at the same time. Barry Levinson did a fine job with this film.

In the end, don't go into this film expecting to see the movie that the commercials are selling you. It does have laughs but at the same time it plays off more as a political drama. It's not as stupid or silly as the marketing campaign leads you to believe. I really liked the fact that this film that this film wasn't a typical Hollywood film. It tried to be a comedy and a serious drama at the same time and worked at least for me. I like the fact that the film didn't really tone down any of the issues it addressed nor did it have a typical Hollywood ending. I was trying to call the ending from the get go but surprisingly it didn't end the way I thought which made me happy. It's a movie that will make you laugh but then a few minutes later allow you to think and wonder what's going to happen next. I think its a good movie that will be hurt by its bad marketing.

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