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The Dummy (2000)

Video  |   |  Horror  |  24 October 2000 (USA)
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A ventriloquist's dummy with a mind of it's own can't resist it's homicidal impulses and cuts a bloody swath through a peaceful suburb.

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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.

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Cast overview:
Keith Singleton ...
Paul Chandler
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Donna Jordan
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Ann Meyers (as Jocelyn Dondeville)
Alexis Weimer ...
Lisa
Kiki Sevadjian ...
Dimitri Farnsworth
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Dr. George Meyers
Bruce Caughman ...
Jerry
Karen Teliha ...
Ms. Patterson
Charles Peters ...
Newsman (voice)
Julia Coffey ...
Other waitress
Tamara Olson ...
Paul's mom
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A ventriloquist's dummy with a mind of it's own can't resist it's homicidal impulses and cuts a bloody swath through a peaceful suburb.

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The ventriloquist's dummy, Tommy, has also a credit in the cast list as "Tommy - Himself". See more »

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I'm Your Puppet
Written by Oldham / Penn
Performed by James and Bobby Purify
Courtesy of Arista Records
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DVD transfer too far zoomed in
5 October 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Apparently the DVD transfer was zoomed in too far, cropping off actors heads and short-circuiting visual nuances and award-winning cinematography. In truth, one of the best photographed films of it's budget. Every shot except 2 or 3 are anchored with a tripod, though poor transfers make it appear a bit shaky in places.

The script does assume too much awareness of the subtle implications of the ongoing classic "jekyll-hyde" premise of the ventriloquist being taken over by his dummy, and editing needs to be tightened up. Good example of how script and final editing reflects on actor's talent, giving them too much of the credit or too much of the blame. It has to work on the page or it won't work on the stage.

The poster promises a horror show with blood and violent special effects. In actuality it's a subtle character study of the effects of schizophrenia, and not much violence. Gorehounds will be let down. Beware.

The female lead, Irina Bjorklund, recently won the Academy Award in Finland for Best Actress after many starring roles there in record-breaking major films. This was her first American film. Best seen on VHS, NTSC version available in America.


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