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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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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
Nurse (as Sarah Schroeder)
Jody Ashworth ...
Man in theater
Woman in theater
John Rezig ...
Young Flash


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

25 January 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Filmbarát  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Taylor Moss: I'm sorry that your life has been so, uh... joyless, so unhappy, so sad.
Flash Madden: So yours is so fulfilled, right? Don't confuse activity with achievement. I've seen those pieces of shit, those celluloid abortions that you call movies.
Taylor Moss: Well, they weren't all stinkers. Even won a couple of "brass dolls."
Cameron Kincaid: Three of them...
Taylor Moss: The picture business has been good to me.
Flash Madden: Ah, cut the bullshit!
Taylor Moss: That "bullshit" is the reason you're here.
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Features Vertigo (1958) See more »


Santa Maria Live
Performed by The Frames
Written by Glen Hansard
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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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