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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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9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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)
Jody Ashworth ...
Orson Welles
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Murray
John Rezig ...
Young Flash
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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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Separated by a Generation, United by a Passion 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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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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The clapper slate is correct in the final version. See more »

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Flash Madden: [Speaking to Cameron] This country's famous for shittin' on their elderly. God help you if you don't have family... America's all about the young, the beautiful, the "Winner"! Ya' know, kid, in Europe, Asia, and especially Africa, the elderly are truly respected and they're almost TREASURED by the young people. Not here, though. Oh, no... We live in a throw-away society. If it breaks, throw it away. If a new one pops up, throw the old one away. If your puppy grows up to be a pain-in-the-ass dog,...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Angels We Have Heard On High
Traditional, lyrics written by James Chadwick (uncredited)
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Very well made film - Best actor nomination for Chirstopher Plummer
10 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

As a member of the cast as well as an Academy member, I just loved the theme of "Man in the Chair." It develops a bond between a lost teenager and an alcoholic septuagenarian, magnificently connecting them to the making of a socially relevant student film while surrounding them with a bevy of older, former filmmakers in the screen actors' home in Woodland Hills. The writer/director, Michael Schroeder twists and turns this very human story that is kept lovingly together by a staggering performance by the amazing Christopher Plummer. As I left the Academy screening, several of my friends stopped me in the hall to say, "He's got my vote," and of course he has mine. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.Finally,both young Michael Angarano,and the daring Emmet Walsh create a flawless sense of reality that help the film to be deeply touching.


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