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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Twennies
... Virginia Clemens
... Clarence
... Victor Young
... Samantha Winter
... Brooding Artist
Dwight Ewell ... Richard Lancaster
Brian Kite ... Messenger
... Mr. Meyerscholtz
... Timothy Burns
Alfred Hyslop ... Public Official
... Degenerate
... Reporter
Alan Davidson ... Tyrus
... 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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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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Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Twennies  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Jackson's cameo is billed under the assumed name, "Madame Du Froid". This seems to be a reference to the fact that her husband, Eli Wallach, once played "Mr. Freeze" in the 1960s "Batman" TV series. 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: Say, you keep on riding me like a streetcar, you're gonna have to pay the fare!
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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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You won't regret watching it
18 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Just want to get one point across: Watching this movie won't be one of those experiences were you waste a couple hours of your time, and come away with nothing for it.

Some of the posters have brought up that the movie may have some improbable quirks, etc. The beauty of this movie is that is original and entertaining. Its not deep, exciting, or pompous; but its funny and completely different than the formulaic junk being churned out right now.

If you do watch it, you'll feel you have to at least tell someone about it. That's also unusual.


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