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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Flash Madden
... Cameron Kincaid
... Mickey Hopkins
... Taylor Moss
Joshua Boyd ... Murphy White
... Judy Kincaid
... Floyd
... Mr. Klein
Taber Schroeder ... Brett Raven
... Nurse (as Sarah Schroeder)
Jody Ashworth ... Orson Welles
... Man in theater
... Woman in theater
... Murray
John Rezig ... Young Flash
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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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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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The clapper slate is correct in the final version. See more »

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Mickey Hopkins: I'm sorry, Flash. It's been too long. I've lost "the gift".
Flash Madden: Ah, we never lose our gifts - only the opportunity to open them.
Mickey Hopkins: That's pretty eloquent... for a gaffer.
Flash Madden: Even us juicers have our moments, huh?
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References Christine (1983) See more »

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Rock Ain't Dead
Performed by Zino & Tommy (as Zino and Tommy)
Written by Haim Tzinovich (as Haim Zinowitch) & Tomer Biran
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The Best Film of 2007
20 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Man in The Chair is a 10 out of 10. Christopher Plummer delivers a leading Oscar worthy performance - filled with soul, depth and abundant range. A film that deals as much about respecting elders as it does about respecting the making of films and never forgetting those who help you at the start. Subjects that are often overlooked and "thrown away" or simply not interesting to younger audiences. This is a beautiful 9 year journey of a film. Michael Schroeder wrote and directed this gem from the heart, infusing uncovered social issues with intricate feelings of mentorship. This is simply put, the best film I have seen this year! The cast and crew deliver and the cinematography is uniquely soulful. And a (supporting) Oscar worthy performance by M. Emmet Walsh. WOW!


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