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Man in the Chair (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 January 2008 (UK)
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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9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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 ...
Young Flash
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Storyline

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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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)  »

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Filmbarát  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the two teens steal the 1958 Plymouth, there's a brief shot showing the car being put into gear via a conventional lever on the steering column. In fact, 1958 Plymouths were equipped with push-button transmissions. See more »

Quotes

[Flash jams the Gameboy of the projectionist into the projector, because it's about to explode]
Projectionist: Oh, my god! My Gameboy!!
Flash Madden: I'm sure that Santa will bring you a new one.
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References Christine (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

No Miracles Today
Performed by Zino & Tommy (as Zino and Tommy)
Written by Haim Tzinovich (as Haim Zinowitch) & Tomer Biran
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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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