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Making Mr. Right (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 3 April 1987 (USA)
A reclusive scientist builds a robot which looks exactly like Dr. Ulysses, a scientist set to go on a long-term space mission. Since the (real) scientist seems to lack all emotions, he is ... See full summary »


Susan Seidelman

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Malkovich ... Dr. Jeff Peters / Ulysses
Ann Magnuson ... Frankie Stone
Glenne Headly ... Trish
Ben Masters ... Steve Marcus
Laurie Metcalf ... Sandy
Polly Bergen ... Estelle Stone
Harsh Nayyar ... Dr. Ramdas
Hart Bochner ... Don
Susan Berman Susan Berman ... Ivy Stone
Polly Draper ... Suzy Duncan
Christian Clemenson ... Bruce
Merwin Goldsmith ... Moe Glickstein
Sid Raymond Sid Raymond ... Manny
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Jeweler
Robert Trebor ... Tux Salesman


A reclusive scientist builds a robot which looks exactly like Dr. Ulysses, a scientist set to go on a long-term space mission. Since the (real) scientist seems to lack all emotions, he is unable to program his (lack of) emotion into his automaton, and an eccentric woman is hired to "educate" the robot on human behavior. In the end, she falls in love - but is it the robot or Mr. Right? Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi


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3 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cercasi l'uomo giusto See more »


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Did You Know?


Glenne Headly and John Malkovich were married from 1982 to 1988. See more »


The morning after the wedding, when Steve Marcus gets into Frankie's car, his tie is untied. He has a cast on his right arm and is filmed from behind when they are talking. When the camera angle flips, his left arm (only one mobile) has not moved, yet his tie has a Windsor knot. See more »


Jeff Peters: I knew it! One minute with a woman and he short circuits.
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Looking for Mr. Malkovich
25 June 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After he is seen with a beauty queen, Florida advertising executive Ann Magnusson (as Frankie Stone) drops "not hard enough" politician boyfriend Ben Masters (as Steve Marcus) from her roster. Next, she accepts a pitch from the local "Chemtec" organization; in danger of losing their government funding, the company wants Ms. Magnusson to work on public relations. She meets the company's chief calling card, an anatomically correct blond android named "Ulysses" (played by John Malkovich). He's the spitting image of creator "Jeff Peters" (Mr. Malkovich again).

His "Dr. Frankenstein" wants "Ulysses" to be a spaceman, but the android gets lovesick for Magnusson, and wants to remain on Earth. This dilemma makes you wonder why they didn't leave a trio of parts off the manly Malkovich; probably, it was due to his creator not being very "good with people." It all works out just fine in the end. The cast is fun, if not always funny. And some of the supporting characters are cast aside by a quick ending. Still, Malkovich makes a great date; especially, watch for his hilarious encounter with Laurie Metcalf (as Sandy) at the mall.

****** Making Mr. Right (4/3/87) Susan Seidelman ~ John Malkovich, Ann Magnuson, Ben Masters, Glenne Headly

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