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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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Michael Schroeder
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Separated by a Generation, United by a Passion 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (UK) See more »

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Filmbarát See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In one of the "Citizen Kane" flashbacks, Orson Welles' name is misspelled on the clapper slate. See more »

Quotes

Cameron Kincaid: So this place was like a clubhouse?
Flash Madden: Yeah, sort of. But it was a tough club to get in to. No above-the-line wankers, that's for sure.
Cameron Kincaid: "Above the line"?
Flash Madden: Ah, producers, directors, writers, actors - *those* creeps.
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References Christine (1983) See more »

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Written and Performed by Rene Reyes
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Wait for the DVD
1 December 2007 | by doubleoSee all my reviews

Despite a compelling theme, some truly sparkling dialogue, and terrific performances by misters Plummer, Wagner, and Walsh, this film comes across rather uneven. The direction is heavy-handed, at times bordering on trite, the production design doesn't contribute much, and the photography is pretentious and annoying -- more appropriate to a music video, than a heartfelt drama. An older, more experienced DP could've made this infinitely more watchable! The script has a lot of potential, but could have, definitely, used another re-write (or two) and a bit of patching of some truly gaping holes, before going into production. The editing is, likewise, uninspired -- most of the shots linger a couple of beats too long, making the overall pace just tedious enough to lose tension.


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