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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flash Madden
Cameron Kincaid
Mickey Hopkins
Taylor Moss
Joshua Boyd ...
Murphy White
Judy Kincaid
Mr. Klein
Taber Schroeder ...
Brett Raven
Jody Ashworth ...
Man in theater
Woman in theater
John Rezig ...
Young Flash
Teacher (as Robert Reinis)


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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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Christopher Plummer's character in the film has a significant relationship with Orson Welles. In reality the two actors worked together on Oedipus the King (1968) and Waterloo (1970). See more »


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


Flash Madden: The glitter ends at La Brea.
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »


Angels We Have Heard On High
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1 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an incredible film. Please let every one know, especially if you're in the industry, what an incredible performer Christopher Plummer is. He provides an Oscar quality performance. M. Emmet Walsh is also outstanding.

Americans in general, and Hollywood in specific have been reluctant to vocalize the challenges of aging in our society. It was wonderful to see this issue handled in such a positive fashion. The supporting cast more than compliments this picture and demonstrates the existing talent in Hollywood's elderly community.

Highly recommended.

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