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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 »

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Susan Seidelman
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Cast

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 Merwin Goldsmith ... Moe Glickstein
Sid Raymond Sid Raymond ... Manny
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Jeweler
Robert Trebor ... Tux Salesman
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cercasi l'uomo giusto See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,584,970
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

After Frankie loses Ulysses at the mall, she uses a pay phone to call Trish at her place. However, in her first car, there is a car-phone clearly visible on her dashboard. So, there would be no need to use a pay phone. See more »

Quotes

Ulysses: It takes a man this sensitive to know your needs!
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Spoofs The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Por Mas Que Quiera
By Taty Maldonido
Performed by El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico
Courtesy of Combo Records
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An nice, pleasant, underrated romantic comedy of the 1980's with some originality.
29 September 2010 | by hu675See all my reviews

An bright, smart, beautiful woman named Frankie Stone (Ann Magnuson) is public relations executive. She been hired by a huge technology company to "humanaize" their latest work. An dorky, curious, android named Ulysses (John Malkovich). Which Ulysses is been trained to be an astronaut. Ulysses is the likeness of a cold-hearted scientist named Jeff Peters (Also played by Malkovich). At first, Frankie finds her latest assignment to be truly strange. As she gets to know Ulysses much better than Peters, she slowly falls in love with Ulysses! Ulysses starting to be more curious about the human life than being an astronaut. Which Peters is absolutely furious, since it taken him years to train Ulysses and drives him crazy that Ulysses only wants to know about love!

Directed by Susan Seidelman (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan, She-Devil) made an amusing romantic comedy with superb comic performances by Malkovich and Magnuson. "Making Mr. Right" was an flop, when it was released in 1987. But the movie did went on to have an loyal cult following. It is fun to watch Malkovich in a charming, extremely funny and touching role. Which it is rare for Malkovich. Magnuson is certainly an knockout in her role. Glenne Headly does have some very amusing moments as Stone's best friend and Laurie Metcalf does have some good moments as the annoying woman in Peters' life.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an good Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD's only feature is the original theatrical trailer. In a way, "Making Mr. Right" is a odd romantic comedy with some original effective moments that makes this movie unique. The movie has an great if unusual ending as well. Die-fans of Malkovich certainly should check the movie out. Great use of "The Turtles" song titled "Happy Together" at the end. "Making Mr. Right" is certainly an curio. (****/*****).


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