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


Comedy | Drama

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


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25 January 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Filmbarát  »

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Did You Know?


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: Oh boy. Does he have the best crew in town?
Mrs. Erskine: Well, the oldest crew anyway.
Speed: what?
Mrs. Erskine: And the only one with a deaf sound mixer.
Speed: I heard that.
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References Black Orpheus (1959) See more »


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One of the best films I've seen, an Oscar contender!
1 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hello, I saw your movie a few weeks ago at the Kent Film Festival in Kent, CT, and I can't stop raving about it. No kidding, it is up there as probably one of the best films I have ever seen. I am wondering why it has not become a major box office hit, and why it is not "out there" in circulation. I believe in the power of film to change the world, and the message in this film for young and the aging alike was powerful. Please tell me how I can go about getting a copy of this so I can share with with others. Bravo!! I am guessing that Christopher Plummer will be nominated for an academy award. He certainly deserves it. I cannot wait to see this film at the box office. Susan Hackel

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