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Man in the Chair (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 January 2008 (UK)
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Christopher Plummer plays Flash, a curmudgeon with a hankering for classic movies and booze. Cameron is a volatile teen who commits grand theft auto just because the car is an exact replica... See full summary »

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Flash Madden
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Cameron Kincaid
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Mickey Hopkins
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Taylor Moss
Joshua Boyd ...
Murphy White
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Judy Kincaid
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Floyd
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Mr. Klein
Taber Schroeder ...
Brett Raven
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Nurse (as Sarah Schroeder)
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Man in theater
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Woman in theater
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Murray
John Rezig ...
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Christopher Plummer plays Flash, a curmudgeon with a hankering for classic movies and booze. Cameron is a volatile teen who commits grand theft auto just because the car is an exact replica from Christine. Their relationship is forged in the darkness of a movie theater and fueled by a mutual appreciation of rebellion and cinema. Cameron enters a student film contest, though he lacks the resources of his peers. Learning that Flash is a retired Hollywood gaffer-and the only surviving crew member from Citizen Kane-Cameron follows him to his home at the Motion Picture Residence for the Elderly, a colony of aging film folk set aside by the industry. A quirky fellowship develops, in which Flash and his friends help Cameron make his film, and, in doing so, change his life. Written by Mill Valley Film Festival Staff

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It's never too late to rewrite your life's story. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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The legendary Production Manager/Assistant Director Abby Singer portrays one of the senior residents in the retirement home and plays the First AD on Cameron's student film. (The "Abby Singer" shot is the second to the last shot of the day; it proceeds "the martini", which is the last shot of the day.) See more »

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The clapper slate is correct in the final version. See more »

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Flash Madden: The glitter ends at La Brea.
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1 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Despite a compelling theme, some truly sparkling dialogue, and terrific performances by misters Plummer, Wagner, and Walsh, this film comes across rather uneven. The direction is heavy-handed, at times bordering on trite, the production design doesn't contribute much, and the photography is pretentious and annoying -- more appropriate to a music video, than a heartfelt drama. An older, more experienced DP could've made this infinitely more watchable! The script has a lot of potential, but could have, definitely, used another re-write (or two) and a bit of patching of some truly gaping holes, before going into production. The editing is, likewise, uninspired -- most of the shots linger a couple of beats too long, making the overall pace just tedious enough to lose tension.


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