A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Timkin
Carole Davis ...
B.J. Wert (as Stephen Vinovich)
Phyllis Newman ...
Emmy's Mother
Phil Rubenstein ...
Mannequin Factory Boss
Jeffrey Lampert ...
Factory Worker
Kenneth Lloyd ...
Jake Jundef ...
Superkid (as Jake Jundeff)
Harvey Levine ...
Balloon Boss


Jonathan Switcher is a young artist. He just doesn't seem to last in any job he does. But when he builds a mannequin, he makes it so perfect, he falls in love with it. It is the first thing he has made that makes him feel like a real artist. The mannequin ends up in the window of a big department store. When he saves the life of an old lady who happens to be the owner of that store, he is rewarded by getting a job at the store as stock boy. Later the mannequin comes to life as Emmy, who was an ancient Egyptian living in the year 2514BC. The two redesign the window display to make it most eye catching in town. The store competitors are not happy and will do anything to stop them! Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Just because Jonathan's fallen in love with a piece of wood, it doesn't make him a dummy. See more »


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Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perfect Timing  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$42,721,196 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Of filming this movie, G.W. Bailey stated, "We didn't think it would ever be released. It was beyond silliness. We'd do outrageous double takes over the lines and say that we hadn't done this kind of stuff since high school. And the director would say, 'More. More. You're going in the right direction with it.' Going in the right direction! We didn't believe this. But suddenly the movie is released, and here's this old-fashioned, silly love story very loosely based on One Touch of Venus (1948) and there's not one dirty word in it, not one naked butt." The critics trampled the picture. The public, much to Bailey's surprise, loved it. See more »


Obvious stunt driver on the motorcycle trying to escape from Felix and Richards. See more »


[Felix has just discovered Jonathan making love to Emmy while she has assumed mannequin form]
Felix: [to Jonathan] You are one... sick... puppy!
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Referenced in Supernatural: Mannequin 3: The Reckoning (2011) See more »


Do You Dream About Me
Performed by Alisha
Produced by Mark Berry
Courtesy of RCA Records, PolyGram Records and Liberation Records
Words & Music by Diane Warren
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Oh, come on. It's a cute movie.
11 November 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I was a little bit disappointed to see that this movie is a 4.8 on IMDb. After all it's not that bad. It's a funny story with a romantic plot. No, of course it isn't Oscar material, and it's not the ultimate comedy. But it's just a feel good movie that you'll enjoy if you're into cheesiness.

Honestly, if you're telling me that you couldn't laugh at Captain Felix and his dog, Rambo, you must not have a funny bone. Especially for that funny scene where he and Mr. Richards end up in that car chase with Jonathan and Emmy, I mean come on, you had to laugh at that. There are also more than a few funny scenes that I thought more people would get a kick out of. Apparently, I was wrong, but please do give this movie a chance. I grew up with it and still love it 'till this day. Not to mention every time I hear that song "Nothing's gonna stop us" I think of the mall. :D


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