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Man in the Chair (2007)

 -  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
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Murphy White
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Floyd
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Mr. Klein
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Man in theater
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Murray
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Young Flash
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Teacher (as Robert Reinis)
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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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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 »

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In one of the "Citizen Kane" flashbacks, Orson Welles' name is misspelled on the clapper slate. See more »

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Flash Madden: Nietzsche was full of shit, most of the time. Tolstoy said that Nietzsche was stupid and, uh... abnormal.
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Authentic and revealing
19 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I also attended the World Premiere of "Man in the Chair" at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Authentic and revealing. A rare glimpse at the once upon a time glamour; when the curtains come down. Michael Angarano is once again the ringmaster that leads you through the story; through the darkness and heartrending topics that the film explores, Michael's showmanship and charisma is like a lighthouse beacon; keeping you grounded with his dramatic performance.

With Depth: from the shallow end to the deep end. There are several dyads created quickly. But the performances were powerful. And the bond between Christopher and Michael compel a realistic richness that is uncanny and common. As I compare this bond to the quick relationships I've seen created between college students and eccentric college professors on the first day of class, who become the teacher's favorite. I just wonder if Michael worked and researched this concept just like Catherine Hardwicke said Michael worked hard to prepare for his role in "Lords of Dogtown", or if it just came natural.

I felt the film was definitely worth seeing, powerful performances add to this rarely talked about subject.


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