Man of the Century (1999)



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Johnny Twenties (Gibson Frazier) is a man who lives up to his name; from his snazzy suits to his snappy lingo, Johnny is a walking embodiment of the era when liquor was illegal, swing was being born, and the movies were just learning to talk. There's just one problem -- Johnny is living in New York City in the late 1990s, and he seems to have no idea that he's a man out of his era. When not courting his girlfriend Samantha (Susan Egan), who's not sure what to make of her beau's time-warp personality, Johnny does battle with a vicious gangster and his thugs. Man of the Century was written by leading man Gibson Frazier and director Adam Abraham, and features supporting performances from comic/impressionist Frank Gorshin and jazz pianist Bobby Short. The film was shown at the 1999 Slamdance and South by Southwest film festivals.
Comedy , Drama
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Cara Buono
as Virginia
Brian Davies
as Victor
Susan Egan
as Samantha
Dwight Ewell
as Richard
Anthony Rapp
as Timothy
Madame Du Froid
as Margaret
Lester Lanin
as Lester
Bobby Short
as Chester
David Margulies
as Mr. Meyerscholtz
Marisa Ryan
as Gertrude
Michael Allinson
as Hastings
Gary Beach
as Jaffrey
Nicole Brier
as Dottie
Kevin Weisman
as Squibb
Ian Edwards
as Clarence
William Meisle
as Bartlett
Ken Leung
as Mike Ramsey
Liza Politi
as Denise Bradden
Yul Vázquez
as Brooding Artist
Brian Kite
as Messenger
Alfred Hyslop
as Public Official
David Anzuelo
as Degenerate
Francis Dumaurier
as Maitre d'
Alan Zachary
as Pianist
Diana Georger
as Shopper
Douglas Huch
as Taxi Driver
Robert Lin
as Chinese Mob Boss
Francis Cruz
as Chinese Boy
Ron Domingo
as Chinese Boy
Michael Minn
as Chinese Boy
Wayland Quintero
as Chinese Boy
Perry Young
as Chinese Boy
Ron Garcia
as Obnoxious Guy
Donald Symington
as Reverend Sheehan
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Critic Reviews for Man of the Century

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

A clever concept indie with old timey zip.

January 6, 2008

A thin gimmick to be certain, but at a tick or two under 80 minutes (!), this amiable comedy never wears out its welcome.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007

Triumphs through sheer goofy charm.

September 26, 2001

Woody Allen-ish metaphysical intrigues are at the center of the clever Man of the Century

Full Review… | April 3, 2001
Film Journal International

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Man of the Century

This movie really worked for me, a clever concept and they did a lot with it. It call hinged on the unknown gibson frazier and he pulls it off.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

Fun, fun light-hearted indie comedy. The main character seems to belong in a film from the 20s-30s while living in Manhattan in 1999, which kind of confuses the locals. His dialog and mannerisms are spot on - They nailed it. Great cast, especially the lead. Some fun cameos, too. I couldn't stop smiling.

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo

So the reporter doesn't realize he is from the 20s, yet in modern times. Light and delightful, I laughed all the way through.

William Stephens
William Stephens

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