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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 »

Also Known As:

Filmbarát See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,210
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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: Oh boy. Does he have the best crew in town?
Mrs. Erskine: Well, the oldest crew anyway.
Speed: what?
Mrs. Erskine: And the only one with a deaf sound mixer.
Speed: I heard that.
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References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

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Walsh is magnificent but this is obvious and overplayed sentiment
7 December 2007 | by motta80-2See all my reviews

I'd heard some good things about this film but not from trusted sources and having seen it i can't agree. Man in the Chair is a very average film. It is not terrible compelling to watch and is very obvious in its plotting. The dialogue is also often laughably bad and the awful caricature performance it features representing Orson Welles is insulting both to Mr Welles and to the viewer's intelligence.

It sets the tone for narrative drag immediately with an extended clip (first heard off screen and then shown) clip from Howard Hawks' superb comedy His Girl Friday, which serves no real purpose in the story other than to establish 'Flash' Madden goes to see old movies! Great insight! A piece of info that is perfectly well introduced with a later seen at the same theatre showing Touch Of Evil which serves a narrative purpose both in its introduction of the two lead characters to each other; their similar tastes; and the link to Welles whom 'Flash' has worked with on Citizen Kane. The use of His Girl Friday however is entirely unnecessary and too lengthy; and as with most of the other films it references, only highlights the fact that the writer can recognise a variety of well-written great films - making it the more perplexing that he has no ear for how staged and hammy his dialogue is.

Plummer is solid as 'Flash' but loses his way here and there in stereotype and overplaying - a fault of the script not his, but an actor of his skill should have been able to instruct the director/writer better on how to play it. Given how extraordinary Plummer can be - just watch his Mike Wallace in The Insider - i expected better. Michael Angarano is fine but is again saddled with a poorly written role that makes him a rebel that he never seems and then connects him to 'Flash' in the most tenuous way.

M Emmet Walsh however is marvellous in a supporting role and while i'm sure the average standard of the film and the grandstanding of Plummer in the lead will cause him to be overlooked it would be wonderful and justified if this great character actor saw a supporting actor nod at the Oscars.

Overall the film is inoffensive and has a noble heart and message but the script is lacking in substance and drive. A Sunday afternoon on the TV type of watch.


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