Man in the Chair details
|Starring:||Christopher Plummer, Michael Angarano, M. Emmet Walsh, Robert Wagner, Joshua Boyd, George Murdock, Mimi Kennedy, Taber Schroeder|
Man in the Chair
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Aug 2009|
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Very much worth watchingBy 100 club from England , 16 Aug 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]Excellent
Without ruining the film for you, here is a quick run through.
An american Teenage boy at college, who lives a troubled life at home/school etc, has just one love, cinema and dreams of becoming a director.
The high school/college are offering a scholarship to the pupil who produces the best 10 minute film.
The boy teams up with an old film lighting man called Flash Madden who helped make classic films (citizen Kane etc). The problem is Flash is now a drunk and has many chips on his shoulders.
The film explores the growing relationship between the two and how they overcome many problems to produce a film showing how many retired people are forgotten/neglected and placed in nursing homes .
Its a great film better than it sounds and
well worth watching.
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Needs a better writerBy aysen (18 reviews) , 15 Apr 2013The performances are splendid, especially the two leads. The plot is reminiscent of the old 'putting on a show' type that Garland and Rooney did in the dark ages. Sadly the script is weak and sinks to cliche. My rating is for the actors.
Nice oneBy JTO (20 reviews) from Manchester , 20 May 2011This is Hollywood trying not to be Hollywood, and it works. Pace and Premise are the scriptwriters and directors success here.. and ignore the dirty make-up that filthes this movie up. The story is hard hot and filthy enough.. I loved watching this movie. Like they say, I felt I was there
Absolutely charmingBy DodgyMedic (5 reviews) from Stonehouse , 20 Jun 2010I will not run through the story as this has already been done by other reviewers but I will tell you my view on this film. To say the least it's a must see, the story is spell binding and draws you in right from the start. Maybe I see a little of myself within the main character, the challenge, the respect, but most of all the will to succeed. The idea of making a film initially from some fantasy idea but then to reflect on recent experience to make an appeal for help is inspiring. The young realising that the old have the knowledge and experience to help, coach and advise is something seldom seen these days.We don't get the usual predictable win at the end but a chance to reflect and maybe shed a tear (I did), absolutely fantastic.
Beyond the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood...By cynthiainherts (27 reviews) from Herts, UK , 17 May 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Excellent little film. Fantastic actors and dialogue alongside a - if you will pardon the cliche - thought-provoking story.
The picture was only let down by the 'arty' (?) camera work and flash (no pun intended!) photography. One reviewer here gave up after the first few minutes because of this...stick with it and look beyond the editing.
I would love to hear and believe that a large portion of proceeds (if any money was actually made) of the film go towards keeping up places such as the old movie workers nursing home (one really exists in LA; in fact, have a look at this - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/ 7480494/Long-term-care-unit-at-Hollywood-nursing-h ome-faces-final-cut.html [Lovefilm, please do not remove the link as it is WELL worth reading, especially *after* watching the film]) or a US national nursing home group that aims to provide better care for older people across the country.
Fairly predictable, but worthy effort all the sameBy a customer from Eastbourne , 06 May 2010This is no outstanding film, but it has its charms and certainly cannot be dismissed as 'art school'. The storyline is fairly simple with its heart in the right place and there are some good cameos. It's worth watching alone for Christopher Plummer's superb performence as 'Flash'. To think this guy was in 'The Sound of Music...'.