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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 »


Michael Schroeder
9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Flash Madden
Michael Angarano ... Cameron Kincaid
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mickey Hopkins
Robert Wagner ... Taylor Moss
Joshua Boyd ... Murphy White
Mimi Kennedy ... Judy Kincaid
Mitch Pileggi ... Floyd
Tracey Walter ... Mr. Klein
Taber Schroeder Taber Schroeder ... Brett Raven
Sarah Schroeder-Matzkin ... Nurse (as Sarah Schroeder)
Jody Ashworth Jody Ashworth ... Orson Welles
Ed Marques ... Man in theater
Carlene Moore ... Woman in theater
Pete Antico ... Murray
John Rezig 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Filmbarát See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the two teens steal the 1958 Plymouth, there's a brief shot showing the car being put into gear via a conventional lever on the steering column. In fact, 1958 Plymouths were equipped with push-button transmissions. 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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References Black Orpheus (1959) See more »


Silent Night
Written by Franz Xaver Gruber (uncredited) and Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
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Inspiring film about those forgotten
23 October 2007 | by curticeSee all my reviews

Just got a chance to see this at the Heartland Film Festival. This is a wonderful film. You can read the synopsis for more detailed account of the movie, but for me, it's a reminder to live life together. Plummer's character is a gruff old gaffer that hasn't had many friends and lives in his former glory. But now near the end of his life, he meets a kid that wants to learn about how to shoot a film. At first, he's resistant, but eventually warms up to the idea and then enlists the help of many other former craftsmen in the field. It's a touching story. Plummer is awesome in the film. There are some effects that get a little jarring after a while, but don't detract from the film overall. It feels a bit like Finding Forrester at times, but hey, all the great story's have been done, and this is an awesome variation on that theme. A definite must see...especially film buffs.

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