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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 ... 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

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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

John Malkovich, Glenne Headly, and Laurie Metcalf, have been acting together since the late-'70s as members of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tux Salesman: Is it congenital or contagious?
Frankie Stone: Drugs.
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Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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Not afraid to be brave
4 October 2000 | by Psyche-8See all my reviews

This is a fantastic film, it really is. The director took a risk in casting a relatively unknown actress (Magnuson) in a lead role, but that risk paid off - she turned in a faultless, feisty performance, and I really believed that she was a top notch confidant businesswoman whose love life was a mess. John Malkovich is equally good, and it is so nice to see him cast against type and doing comedy for a change - and two roles to boot - which he manages very well. A far cry from "Dangerous Liaisons", Malkovich works hard to give the android depth and character, when Ulysses could have easily become so two-dimensional. Instead we have the pleasure of watching him grow and gradually develop the emotions and human characteristics that we take for granted, so that if you rewind and watch how Ulysses was at the beginning, he will seem completely different. Equally, Dr Peters, though arrogant and dispassionate, does evoke some sympathy and compassion with the audience. In an ironic turn, watch how machinelike Jeff seems in comparison to Ulysses towards the end, you will be surprised!

Brilliant! The scene at the wedding when Ulysses tells Frankie he loves her was perfect and particularly moving.


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