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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 »

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Floyd
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Mr. Klein
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Brett Raven
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Nurse (as Sarah Schroeder)
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Orson Welles
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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 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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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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 »

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Flash Madden: [Speaking to Cameron] This country's famous for shittin' on their elderly. God help you if you don't have family... America's all about the young, the beautiful, the "Winner"! Ya' know, kid, in Europe, Asia, and especially Africa, the elderly are truly respected and they're almost TREASURED by the young people. Not here, though. Oh, no... We live in a throw-away society. If it breaks, throw it away. If a new one pops up, throw the old one away. If your puppy grows up to be a pain-in-the-ass dog,...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Cinematic Beauty
31 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

A few weeks ago a friend mine called me and told that I had to watch a film called Man in the Chair on the Sundance Channel. He said that Christopher Plummer was in it, and that was good enough for me.

I had no idea that I was about to experience a film of absolute beauty. The writing, directing, acting, etc are beyond praise.

Plummer expertly plays a film gaffer who has not worked since 1968 and becomes involved with a young man attempting to make a student film to enter a competition for a film school scholarship. What ensues is a film about true friendship, elder abuse, animal neglect, and the raising of the human spirit.

All of the actors are superb, but special mention must be made of M. Emmet Walsh's performance of a writer who has not worked in decades. Perfection.

Actually, perfection sums up this film.

Thanks to all involved, especially writer/director Michael Schroeder, for this gift of a film.


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