Man of the Year

Starring: Robin Williams, Laura Linney, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum,
Director: Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam)

From 1987’s wartime comedy Good Morning, Vietnam to 1997’s current-events satire Wag the Dog, Oscar®-winning director BARRY LEVINSON’S films have often drawn their humor from a rich comedy source....the political arena. He has examined our politicos’ decisions and deceptions...and helped guilty voters laugh as we share with our elected leaders the fall-out of some pretty bad choices.

Now in his new comedy, the writer-director asks us to ponder a ‘what-if’ scenario that doesn’t seem so far-fetched in 2006: what would happen if a computer voting error allowed one of the nation’s funniest men to become its president? On October 13, 2006, Oscar® winner ROBIN WILLIAMS reunites with the filmmaker to answer just that question.

As we rapidly approach November 7 and the mid-term elections, Levinson explores the convergence of U.S. politics and pop culture events of the past decade....savvy pro-wrestlers and muscle-bound action stars have moved into governors’ mansions while millions of Americans receive their nightly news from wisecracking talkshow hosts...not the stern newscasters of the past. In Man of the Year, he brings a cast....all of whom understand that this blurry division is not an alien concept for a media devouring erase the fine line between entertainment and government.

Welcome to the story of one entertainer’s accidental rise to power. Universal Pictures and Morgan Creek invite you to meet your latest Man of the Year. With his razor-sharp wit and signature style, Williams plays acerbic performer Tom Dobbs, a guy who has made a career out of skewering politicians and speaking the mind of the exasperated nation on his talk show. He cracks jokes at a fractured system Man of the Year - Production Information 2 night after night....until he comes up with a really funny idea: why not run for president himself? After one flip comment too many, Dobbs ignites a grassroots movement that puts him on the presidential ballot. Hot on the campaign trail....with his manager/mentor, Jack Menken (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, Click, Wedding Crashers), and wisecracking head writer, Eddie Langston (LEWIS BLACK, Accepted, television’s The Daily Show), in tow....he debates elected drones and asks what frustrated voters have so often pondered: "What has happened to leaders’ responsibility to the very citizens they serve?"

On election day, Dobbs stuns the unsuspecting world by winning the vote. A shocked country wakes up to find that they have a new leader of the free world....the nation’s favorite wiseguy.

But a scrupulous voting-software analyst, Eleanor Green (LAURA LINNEY, Love Actually, Kinsey), soon learns that a glitch in her company’s voter software gave Dobbs a victory that was never meant to be his. Her mission? Help Dobbs learn the truth before her Machiavellian employer hunts her down, destroys her credibility and buries the secret of the botched election forever.

Now pursued by both Eleanor and her company’s nefarious chief legal counsel, Alan Stewart (JEFF GOLDBLUM, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Jurassic Park), Dobbs has a big decision to make as time ticks on his inaugural clock: should he go back behind the mike or stay in the Oval Office and keep shaking things up?

Joining the writer-director behind the scenes is a cast of creative talent. Music for the film is by GRAEME REVELL (Sin City), and costume designs are by DELPHINE WHITE (Bulletproof Monk). The music supervisor is ALLAN MASON (The Parent Trap); the production designer is STEFANIA CELLA (John Q). The comedy is edited by STEVEN WEISBERG (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) with BLAIR DAILY (Rain Man). DICK POPE (The Illusionist) serves as director of photography and PAM DIXON MICKELSON (Exorcist: The Beginning) is the casting director. Man of the Year’s is produced by Morgan Creek’s JAMES G. ROBINSON (Two For the Money, upcoming The Good Shepherd) and DAVID ROBINSON (Two For the Money, Exorcist: The Beginning) and executive-produced by GUY MCELWAINE DAVID COATSWORTH and ROB FRIED.

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Review: Robin Williams is brilliant, what a wonderful and possible way to look at politics and how we view the world.

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