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Man of the Century (1999)

Fantasy-comedy about a young man who lives as if it is 1928 or so, and his encounters with modern-day women and modern-day criminals.

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Adam Abraham

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gibson Frazier ... Johnny Twennies
Cara Buono ... Virginia Clemens
Ian Edwards ... Clarence
Brian Davies ... Victor Young
Susan Egan ... Samantha Winter
Yul Vazquez ... Brooding Artist
Dwight Ewell Dwight Ewell ... Richard Lancaster
Brian Kite Brian Kite ... Messenger
David Margulies ... Mr. Meyerscholtz
Anthony Rapp ... Timothy Burns
Alfred Hyslop Alfred Hyslop ... Public Official
David Anzuelo ... Degenerate
Sean Patrick Reilly ... Reporter
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Tyrus
Kevin Weisman ... Squibb
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Storyline

Johnny Twennies, a newspaper columnist in present-day New York, is a jauntily cheerful, very friendly, totally honest and upstanding young man who happens to be completely oblivious to any technological or social changes in the past 70 years. He routinely uses telegrams, a manual typewriter, and a manual toaster, and to the pleasure and despair of his girlfriend conducts his personal life in correspondingly anachronistic style. One day he's threatened by criminals who want to plant a false news story. But they've never met anyone like him before... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

He's Yesterday's Answer To Today's World. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Italian | Chinese | English

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Twennies See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,724, 31 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,031, 14 November 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Ian Edwards, who portrays Clarence. See more »

Goofs

Johnny promises his editor that he will scoop the Journal American. Johnny's character is set in the 1920s, but the New York Journal American, a Hearst newspaper, did not exist until 1937, after the merger of two Hearst newspapers, the New York Journal, and the New York American. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Twennies: Oh, I see. You think the world owes you a living. Well you fell for that one, hook, line and sinker.
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Connections

References Dick Tracy (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Library Opening
Written by John Rodby (as John L. Rodby)
Performed by The Jubilee Orchestra
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Lots of fun
20 February 2003 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

I've always been fascinated by the way the characters in old movies talk, with their lightning-fast wits and one-liners. So the idea of a man stuck in the 20's and speaking like those characters sounded intriguing to me. And I was impressed. Gibson Frazier perfectly inhabits his fish-out-of-water character, not missing a single beat. I can tell him and the co-writer/director did much research prior to making this movie. There are moments, like the climactic scene, which pay homage to the old slapstick farces.

"Man of the Century" is funny, original and bursting with imagination. It's an independent gem. And at only about 78 minutes, it's short and sweet. Those who are unfamiliar with old movies may not be as amused, but those who are familiar should have a ball.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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