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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 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
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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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Trivia

Glenne Headly and John Malkovich were married from 1982-88. 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

Moe Glickstein: Honey, calm down! Here's $20. I can get you into Tiny Tim at the Eden Roc. It's a terrific show. What do you say, huh?
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Connections

References Dr. Ruth Westheimer (1984) See more »

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Havana Express
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Written by John Van Eps
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What's Not to Like?
16 May 2006 | by golem3See all my reviews

As a tremendous fan of movies, I have yet to see many directed by women. Rarely are they publicized, and rarely are they seen, for many reasons. This movie, Making Mr. Right, is one of the great films of the late twentieth century.

It is a film fraught with ironies and humor, and told from the perspective of a busy working woman, who is in the midst of making her life and keeping up relationships. Her life is changed when she is forced to train an android to learn some people skills.

The movie brings up all kinds of social questions – it feels largely told from a anthropologist's view – a perspective that is completely devoid of the subject at work. This is certainly very interesting, and becomes very engaging when it is forced to look at the way people interact and why.

There are the obvious questions – like can machines think? These conspicuous ones are less interesting to the audience since they are an old hat, something already presented to us by science fiction writers of the 60s and 70s.

The cinematography or other technical elements are nothing to rave about. You don't watch it for the special effects, obviously. John Malkovich puts on a startling real act of a machine, as well as the maddened scientist who cannot interact with the real world.

RATING: 8/10

"One day, when people have figured that out (the problems of love), then they will be more than just machines"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$444,756, 12 April 1987

Gross USA:

$1,584,970

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,584,970
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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