Cameron (Michael Anagarano) is a teenage film buff living in Los Angeles dreaming of making movies himself someday. A major film school in L.A. has announced a competition for young filmmakers, but while Cameron has talent and ideas, he is very short on cash. One evening, while attending a screening of Orson Welles Touch of Evil, he sees and elderly man, Flash Madden (Christopher Plummer), shouting at the screen about his old pal Orson. Flash was a lighting man during the Golden Age of Hollywood and worked with some of the most respected names in the business, including Welles. While cranky Flash doesn t much care for Cameron at first, in time he sees a kindred spirit in the movie-mad teenager, and offers his technical know-how and sources of equipment to the would-be director. With Flash s help, perhaps Cameron can manage to create just the sort of movie he longs to make...
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In "Man in the Chair" Christopher Plummer, an actor typecast nowadays as a suave, smiling cobra slithering through the corridors of power, sheds his scales to play a tippling old curmudgeon raging against the dying of the light. His fierce portrayal of Flash Madden, a long-retired Hollywood studio gaffer, is the knot that ties together this sentimental intergenerational drama. The movie, written and directed by Michael Schroeder, wants to confront hard truths about old age in what one character disgustedly labels a throwaway society. But it also insists on applying a thick sugar coating to this very bitter pill. Mr. Plummer's Flash, who swings between extremes of fury and weepiness, keeps "Man in the Chair" reasonably honest despite itself, though the film is so concerned that Flash's anger will be unpalatable to audiences that it throws in a mawkish, unconvincing subplot about animal protection to persuade us that in his heart of hearts he's a softie. ...Man in the Chair