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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
9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Filmbarát See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

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 »

Quotes

[Flash jams the Gameboy of the projectionist into the projector, because it's about to explode]
Projectionist: Oh, my god! My Gameboy!!
Flash Madden: I'm sure that Santa will bring you a new one.
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Connections

References Christine (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Gangstacat
Performed by Zino & Tommy (as Zino and Tommy)
Written by Haim Tzinovich (as Haim Zinowitch) & Tomer Biran
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Cinematic Beauty
31 May 2011 | by Saxe-Coburg-GothaSee 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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