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Dummy -- An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.
Dummy -- An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.
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Dummy -- An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.

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The story of a dummy and his man. See more »
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An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Another comedy that blurs the distinction between celebrating and belittling its loser characters; only this one is much worse See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adrien Brody ... Steven

Milla Jovovich ... Fangora

Illeana Douglas ... Heidi

Vera Farmiga ... Lorena

Jessica Walter ... Fern

Ron Leibman ... Lou

Jared Harris ... Michael
Mirabella Pisani ... Bonnie
Helen Hanft ... Mrs. Gurkel

Richmond Hoxie ... Sorensen

Adam LeFevre ... Theater Director
Joanne Bayes ... Actress

Lou Martini Jr. ... Unemployed Italian (as Lou Marini Jr.)

Gabor Morea ... Unemployed Frottager (as Gabor Mobea)

Edward Hibbert ... Unemployed Actor
Robert Larkin ... Pharmacist
Alan Semok ... Professor Parlepancia - Ventriloquism Teacher

John Elsen ... Cop
Debbie Ross ... Le Bagel Waitress
Tom Plotkin ... Magic Store Clerk
Paul Wallfisch ... Elmo - Fangora's Band Member

Andy Senor ... Arab Caterer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Batchko ... Tardy Vent Student (uncredited)
Alan Demovsky ... Talking Mime (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hannon ... Diner Waitress (uncredited)
Oren Kaplan ... Fangora's Band Member (uncredited)
Alix Korey ... Mrs. Freed (uncredited)
Poppi Kramer ... Jen freed (uncredited)

Lawrence R. Leritz ... Groom (uncredited)

C.J. Marsini ... Joey (uncredited)
Billy Nolan ... Vent Student (uncredited)
Tim Otto ... Fangora's Band Member (uncredited)
Natalia Paruz ... Musical Saw Player (uncredited)
David Wm. Sims ... Fangora's Band Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Greg Pritikin 
 
Writing credits
Greg Pritikin (written by)

Produced by
Jellybean Benítez .... associate producer
Bob Fagan .... producer
Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly .... associate producer (as Jose Gilberto Molinari)
Valerie Romer .... line producer
Richard Temtchine .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Wallfisch 
 
Cinematography by
Horacio Marquínez (director of photography) (as Horacio Marquinez)
 
Film Editing by
William Henry  (as Bill Henry)
Michael Palmerio 
 
Casting by
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond 
Amanda Mackey  (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)
 
Production Design by
Charlotte Bourke 
 
Art Direction by
Amanda Carroll  (as Amanda Caroll)
 
Set Decoration by
Jon Nissenbaum (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Marie Abma 
 
Makeup Department
Lorrie Ann Dobbins .... additional hair stylist (as Lorie Anne Dobbins)
Lorrie Ann Dobbins .... additional makeup artist (as Lorie Anne Dobbins)
Persefone Karakosta .... assistant hair stylist
Persefone Karakosta .... assistant makeup artist
Julia Lallas .... additional hair stylist
Julia Lallas .... additional makeup artist
Sanna Riley .... hair stylist
Sanna Riley .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Taylor Lawrence .... production manager
Valerie Romer .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Kane .... second assistant director
B.J. Owens .... second second assistant director
Tom Self .... additional second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Christi Catalpa .... graphic designer
Gonzalo Cordoba .... additional set dresser
Gimili Glavin .... scenic artist
Gimili Glavin .... set dresser
Mary Hawkins .... art department production assistant
Jason Kadlec .... set dresser
Nick Marden .... additional scenic
Jon Nissenbaum .... set dresser
Jose Pavon .... set dresser
Diana Puntar .... prop master
Alan Semok .... builder: Steven's dummy (as Alan 'The Dummy Doctor' Semok)
Alan Semok .... designer: Steven's dummy (as Alan 'The Dummy Doctor' Semok)
 
Sound Department
Kentaro Abe .... foley artist
Mitthun Dalal .... sound intern
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
Seth Granger .... boom operator
Lisa Gabriella Keppler .... assistant foley artist
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
George A. Lara .... foley supervisor
Skip Lievsay .... sound supervisor (as Skips Lievsay)
Joe Mendelson .... sound designer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Theresa Radka .... sound mixer
Fred Rosenberg .... supervising sound editor
Joram Schwartz .... additional boom operator
Rick Van Benschoten .... additional sound designer
Katharyn Yew .... additional adr artist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Tom Efinger .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Sean Huff .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Rider .... optical supervisor
 
Stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Roy Farrel .... stunt department
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hashim Al-Mashat .... additional electrician
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator
Ariel Boles .... best boy electric
Jared Boles .... electric intern
Herb Brooks .... company electrician
Greg Canicio .... additional grip
Philippe Casseus .... additional key grip
Pierrot Colonna .... second assistant camera
Cat Crosby .... third grip
Jonathan Cupina .... additional key grip
Ben D'Andrea .... additional key grip
Christine DeSavino .... still photographer (as Christine De Savino)
Burke Grantham .... camera production assistant
Tom Guiney .... additional grip (as Thomas Guiney)
David Harges .... gaffer
Susan Heller .... company electrician
Dan Keane .... best boy grip
Deb Krahulec .... grip intern
Ted LeHane .... key grip (as Ted Le Hane)
Vincent Mangano .... additional key grip
Pete McGill .... additional electrician (as Pete Mcgill)
Chris Neff .... key grip
Rick Pierson .... camera loader
Ron Travisano .... assistant camera
Ezra Venetos .... additional key grip
 
Casting Department
Sig De Miguel .... casting associate
Jaime Jacobs .... extras casting
Karen Meisels .... casting associate (uncredited)
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Justine Jones .... wardrobe intern
Rachel Leek .... additional wardrobe supervisor (as Rachel J. Leek)
Zairi Malcolm .... wardrobe intern
Rachel L. Medina .... wardrobe supervisor
Sherri Kohl Owles .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Renstein .... additional wardrobe
Elizabeth Roles .... wardrobe supervisor
Abigail Stowe .... additional wardrobe
Susan Wachsler .... additional wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Kling .... supervising editor
Katie Mcquerrey .... assistant film editor
Terel Gibson .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Stuart Macphee .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Kim Marie Cicione .... location scout (as Kim Cicione)
Eric Cohen .... location scout
Roni Deitz .... location scout
Thomas Hanna .... location manager
Brad Huddleston .... assistant location manager
Joseph Zolfo .... location supervising consultant (as Joseph N. Zolfo)
 
Music Department
Catherine Bent .... musician
Jellybean Benítez .... executive music supervisor (as Jellybean Benitez)
Chris Berger .... musician
Christian Bongers .... musician
Matt Flynn .... musician
Steve Haas .... musician
Alex Kadran .... musician
Oren Kaplan .... musician
Tamir Muskat .... musician
Tamir Muskat .... score mixer
Tamir Muskat .... score recordist
Tim Otto .... musician
James Parker .... musician
Natalia Paruz .... musician: musical saw
Charlie Rafalides .... musician
Dom Richards .... musician
Danny Schotsky .... score mixer
Danny Schotsky .... score recordist
Antoine Silverman .... musician
David Wm. Sims .... musician
Paul Wallfisch .... score arranger
Paul Wallfisch .... score producer
 
Other crew
Kentaro Abe .... production associate
Roni Armstrong .... craft service assistant (as Ronnie Armstrong)
Alice Bertay .... assistant: Mr. Pritikin
Daniel Bronstein .... production assistant
Marcus Cano .... intern
Beatriz Cardenas .... intern
Christi Catalpa .... titles
Cortney Cooper .... intern
Tobias Core .... production assistant
Anthony DiDonato .... intern (as Tony Didonato)
Ben Dotson .... additional production assistant
Allyson Drucker .... intern
Jesse Fellus .... production assistant
Dave Ginsberg .... production assistant
Maura Griffin .... intern
John Kaufmann .... production assistant
Janice Kay .... intern
Julie Kuehndorf .... publicist
Lili Lambert .... intern
Nicholas Lorden .... intern (as Nick Lorden)
Pamela Morejon .... title designer
Tracey Moulton .... intern
Veronica Mulero .... additional script supervisor (as Veronica Molero)
Eric Oden .... accountant
Joe Parvis .... teamster
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor (as Tony Pettine)
Jack Rizzo .... prints: Metropolis Film Labs
Nom Ruminstein .... additional production assistant
Ariel Enriquez Saulog .... digital supervisor
Jonathan Schwartz .... additional production assistant
Robert L. Seigel .... legal services (as Robert L. Seigel Esq.)
Beverley Self .... production assistant (as Beverley Ellar)
Yann Sobezynski .... assistant production coordinator (as Yan Sobezinsky)
Greg Spencer .... additional production assistant
Greg Stillman .... additional production assistant
April Taylor .... key set production assistant
Ian Tenenebaum .... intern
Stephan Ursu .... production assistant
Jan Luc Van Damme .... additional production assistant (as Jean Luc Van Damme)
Verna Vittles .... craft service
Brad Waskewich .... intern
Paul Winchell .... special technical advisor
Jonathan Dana .... producer's representative (uncredited)
Taylor Lawrence .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Pete Michaels .... ventriloquism instructor: Mr Brody (uncredited)
Timothy Scott Ralston .... studio projectionist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Paul Anka .... special thanks
Barbara Avnet .... special thanks
Jon Avnet .... special thanks
Al Bardin .... special thanks
Burt Batchko .... special thanks
Fern Batchko .... special thanks
Jason Batchko .... special thanks
Wendy Becker .... special thanks
Neal Bellet .... special thanks: Wayne Township
John Bernstein .... special thanks
Silvia Black .... special thanks: Fed Ex, for saving our lives!
Botanica .... special thanks: Band musicians
Debbie Brennan .... special thanks: Wayne Township
Jillisa Brittan .... special thanks
Rudolph Callegari .... special thanks
Frank Carari .... special thanks
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni .... special thanks
Christi Catalpa .... special thanks
Joel Chestler .... special thanks
Lynn Chestler .... special thanks
Genevieve Coleman .... special thanks
JoAnne Colonna .... special thanks
Betty Comden .... special thanks
Coralina .... special thanks: Band musicians
Charles Cusumano Jr. .... special thanks
Rex Daisy .... special thanks: Band musicians
Peter Dante .... special thanks
Robert Davies .... special thanks
Betty Demovsky .... special thanks
John Diaz .... special thanks
Charmagne Nicholas Feuillette .... special thanks
Jon Fields .... special thanks
Lisa Fishman .... special thanks: Band musicians
Arnie Frank .... special thanks: art contributions
The Girls .... special thanks: Band musicians
Mary Glucksman .... special thanks
Shirley Grady .... special thanks: New York Department of Citywide Administrative Services (as Shirley Ann Grady)
Adolph Green .... in memory of
Adolph Green .... special thanks
William Harris .... special thanks
Ginger Hege .... special thanks
Steven Heliotes .... special thanks
Paul Hendrickson .... special thanks
The Highland Park High School Band .... special thanks: Band musicians
Jim Hile .... special thanks
Regina Hopkins .... special thanks
Annette Insdorf .... special thanks
Bill Jenkins .... special thanks
The Joy Poppers .... special thanks: Band musicians
Adam Kallish .... special thanks
Elizabeth Kallish .... special thanks
Steven M. Karras .... special thanks
Luisa Kazanas .... special thanks
Chris Keefe .... special thanks
Lisa Gabriella Keppler .... special thanks
Peter Keppler .... special thanks (as Pete Keppler)
Aleen Keshishian .... special thanks
Jerry Lane .... special thanks: art contributions
Julia Lane .... special thanks
Barbara Lavin .... special thanks
Michel Legrand .... special thanks
Diane Levitt .... special thanks
Mickey Levitt .... special thanks
Allan Loeb .... special thanks
Kevin MacLeod .... special thanks (as Kevin McKleod)
Keith Markinson .... special thanks
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band .... special thanks: Band musicians
Jennifer McGarigle .... special thanks
Enrico Mirabelli .... special thanks
Robert H. Montgomery Jr. .... in memory of
Pamela Morejon .... special thanks (as Pam Morejon)
Sean Mulroney .... special thanks
Melissa Nusbaum .... special thanks
Marsha Oglesby .... special thanks
Reed Paget .... special thanks
Linda Palham .... special thanks
Steven Pearl .... special thanks
Carrie Polonsky .... special thanks
Jonny Polonsky .... special thanks
Timothy D. Popularum .... special thanks
David Pritikin .... special thanks
Jim Pritikin .... special thanks
Mary Pritikin .... special thanks
Alan Quasha .... special thanks
Jill Quasha .... special thanks
Jim Rider .... special thanks
Jack Rizzo .... special thanks
Gary Rosen .... special thanks
Ben Rosenstein .... special thanks
David Rothstein .... special thanks
Brad Ruben .... special thanks
Mike Ruekberg .... special thanks
David W. Schoner Jr. .... special thanks: New Jersey Motion Pictures/Television Commission (as David Schoner)
Alan Semok .... special thanks: art contributions
Meyer Shwarzstein .... special thanks (as Meyer Schwartzstein)
Diana Silvius-Gits .... special thanks
Shawn Simon .... special thanks (as Shawn Hopkins)
Marc Skolnik .... special thanks
Chris Smith .... special thanks
Jerry Stoeffhaas .... special thanks: New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and TV Development (as Jerry Stoeffhaaf)
Bill Swartz .... special thanks
Sabrina Swartz .... special thanks
Tom Szidon .... special thanks
John Tottenham .... special thanks
Doris Toumarkine .... special thanks
Jason Watkins .... special thanks
Thomas Weeks .... special thanks
Jordan Weisman .... special thanks
Señor Wences .... special thanks (as Senor Wences)
Paul Winchell .... special thanks
Dave Winslow .... thanks
Debra Yates .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
USA:91 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40222)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jessica Walter and Ron Leibman, who play Adrien Brody's character's parents, are married in real life.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: "Paris Film Production" is credited for grip/electric twice.See more »
Quotes:
[Family dinner, with Lorena and daughter as guests]
Heidi:[to her mother, Fern] Why are you apologizing to her? She's an unwed mother.
Fern:Well, better an unwed mother than just plain unwed.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bad Santa (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Le Cygne (The Swan)See more »

FAQ

How could Steven return the dummy to the store when a sign on the shop read, "All Sales Final"?
Was Michael Bonnie's father?
Is "Dummy" based on a book?
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Another comedy that blurs the distinction between celebrating and belittling its loser characters; only this one is much worse, 23 February 2007
Author: J. Spurlin from United States

Steven (Adrien Brody), nearly 30 and living with his parents, sees an old Edgar Bergen movie on TV and decides to fulfill his longtime dream of becoming a ventriloquist. His beautiful unemployment counselor Lorena (Vera Farmiga) finds him work, but puts out a restraining order on him when he paints a thank-you note on her door. Later, this young mother agrees to date him anyway, but finds his bickering family, and his inexperience with women, daunting to a relationship. Steven's sister Heidi (Illeana Douglas) is a wedding planner with a drunken ex-fiancé who keeps showing up at the door. His friend Fangora (Milla Jovavich) is a pseudo-punk rocker whose sex does not prevent her from giving him terrible advice about women. The wedding of a Jewish girl, who wants Klezmer music and gets something unexpected, will become a turning point in everyone's lives.

Whoa, this is bad. Greg Pritikin directs his own script, about a tenth of which is funny. The rest strains hard to give us quirky characters, wacky situations and unexpected plot twists; but we can't buy any of it. The movie becomes unrecoverable when Lorena changes her mind about the restraining order and agrees to date Steven—after he mails her a videotaped apology featuring himself and his dummy. The message on her door disturbed her, but the tape charmed her? I could almost hear Vera Farmiga's brain going "ZZZZZT!" as she tried to play this character. Their relationship grows into the least believable nerd-with-beautiful-girl scenario I've ever seen.

The performances are varied. Adrien Brody recovers fairly well from playing such a pointless character. Farmiga is charming, especially considering the impossibility of her job. Jovavich, with her affected Jersey accent, never quite seems to inhabit her character. Illeana Douglas, a good actress, does a lousy job here. She doesn't seem to get what she's doing, and we can hardly blame her.

This is part of a sub-genre in comedy that I dislike: one that blurs the distinction between celebrating and belittling the losers it depicts. "Napoleon Dynamite," "Waiting for Guffman" and documentaries like "American Movie" and "Gates of Heaven" all belong in this dubious category. But "Dummy" is much worse. It's as phony as it is condescending.

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