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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.

Director:

Adam Abraham
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's Johnny Twennies, and boy does he have moxie! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film debut of Gibson Frazier, who portrays Johnny Twennies. 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

Samantha Winter: Johnny, what are you doing?
Johnny Twennies: I'm incognito.
Richard Lancaster: Hey, Johnny.
Johnny Twennies: Rats!
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Connections

References Dick Tracy (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Merry Widow Waltz
Written by Franz Lehár, Viktor Léon and Leo Stein (as Leo Stein)
Performed by Lester Lanin And His Orchestra
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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One Note Gag that Works like the Bee Knees
18 May 2004 | by the_mad_mckennaSee all my reviews

Some movies are just meant to be a great deal of fun, and this is one of them. What a delight - I'd never heard of it but stumbled on it on IFC and adored it. The sweetness and good-natured aspects of the film are part of the charm, as is the dead-on dialogue, situations and even camera angles/cinematography. For people who try and find reasons why this guy exists or why women would date him, you're missing the point of the movie. The Marx Brothers ending (no spoiler really), and the short Egyptian tomb sequence show the care that was taken with getting all the 1920's aspects down perfectly (and don't forget the musical numbers, when people would break into song in any sort of film back then -well, the talkies at least). Going incognito as Harold Lloyd? too funny - don't pass this one by when it shows up next time!


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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

Gross USA:

$34,857

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,857
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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